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The Waterside Churches - St. Feock

St. Feock Church - A Brief History

The Parish Church is dedicated to Saint Feoca, about whom very little is known. Although the saint is usually assumed to have been female, Hals described a stained glass window in the church with St Feock portrayed as a man. The church has a 13th-century tower and font, the remainder being 19th-century. As late as 1640, according to Hals, the sacrament was administered by the Reverend William Jackson in Cornish as the people understood no other language. Feock feast was observed on 2 February.

There are two Cornish crosses in the parish: one is in the churchyard and the other at Trelissick. The cross in the churchyard probably dates from the 13th century (it has a crude crucifixus figure on one side of the head and a foliated cross on the other). The cross at Trelissick was moved from Tredrea in the parish of St Erth in the 1840s; it has a crude crucifixus figure on the front of the head but the back is defaced. It had been found in a field called "Parc an Grouse".

Thomas Lobb, Victorian botanist and plant hunter is buried in Devoran churchyard. Trelissick Garden has been in the ownership of the National Trust since 1955 when it was donated by Ida Copeland following the death of her son Geoffrey; Mrs. Copeland donated a stained glass memorial window (bearing the Copeland coat of arms) to the parish church of Feock.

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