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St Ives Chapel of St Nicholas, Cornwall


  • Located in St. Ives, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • St Ives Head or The Island is a miniature peninsula jutting out into the Atlantic Ocean from St Ives. On its high ground is a chapel with two stone plaques on its side. An image of these plaques is available in the 'Photo Gallery'. They read: 'THE ANCIENT CHAPEL OF ST NICHOLAS, WHICH HAS STOOD UPON THIS SITE FROM TIME IMMEMORIAL, PARTIALLY DESTROYED BY ORDER OF THE WAR OFFICE IN 1904, WAS REBUILT AND RESTORED TO ITS FORMER CONDITION BY SIR EDWARD HAIN, IN 1911, BEING THE CORONATION YEAR OF HIS MAJESTY KING GEORGE V. THE CHAPEL WAS FURTHER RESTORED IN 1971 BY JAMES HOLMAN C.B.E. OF ST IVES.'
  • When researching buildings and places connected to Cornish saints, we always refer to the work of Nicholas Orme. We'd recommend buying his books whenever you get a chance. He writes that the 'cult of St Nicholas, bishop of Myra, commemorated on 6 December and 9 May (Farmer:354-5), reached the South-West of England by at least 1106, when there was a Benedictine priory dedicated to him in Exeter (Orme 1996a: 161). In Cornwall he was patron-saint of the small priory established by Tavistock Abbey on Tresco, Isles of Scilly, by 1177 and of five parish churches.' Orme then goes on to list 'numerous lessser sites' connected with St Nicholas including 'a chapel (SW 5196 4115) at St Ives c.1540 (Leland 1907-10: i.193).' (Source: Nicholas Orme's excellent 'The Saints of Cornwall)
  • If you're exploring Cornwall and are looking for other similar sites then we'd recommend visiting Rame Head St Michael's Chapel
  • By James Penman

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