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Walk Through Time - Camborne
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Church of St Martin & St Meriadocus
Church Of St Martin & St Meriadocus

Our virtual walk now turns its attention to the church nearest the library.

It has a very rich history and interesting graveyard.

The Parish Vestry
The Parish Vestry

Our walk through Camborne now takes you into Church Lane. To the left of the churchyard entrance is the Parish Vestry building.

The Vestry was built to tie in with 'Sturges Bourne's Act of 1819'. It empowered parishes to appoint vestries `for more effectual execution of the laws for the relief of the poor'.

Just around the corner from the Vestry is the local `clink' or lock-up. It was here that felons would be held overnight. The lock-up also doubled as a pound for stray cattle.

Church of St Martin & St Meriadocus

Enter the churchyard and follow the path round towards the front of the church. There are plenty of interesting crosses in the churchyard. One of those to look out for is the tall cross by the war memorial. There are dots on there which are believed to represent the numbers killed in a battle on 'Reskajeage Downs'.

War Memorial
The War Memorial

It is also worth looking for the gravestone of a famous Cornish sculptor. Neville Northey Burnard was born in 1818. He was responsible for the bust of Dr George Smith in Camborne's Wesley Chapel and the Lander memorial in Truro. The church was restored and enlarged in 1878.

Inside the church itself is a fascinating sight. The `Levuit' altar slab, is a piece of grey elvan with a key-patterned border. Historians believe it to be at least 1000-years-old. They claim originally came from the chapel of St la, Troon.

The oldest memorial is to Alexander Pendarves who died in 1655. Sir William Pendarves is said to have had his coffin made out of the first copper that was raised from North Roskear mine.

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