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St Ives St Ia Church, Cornwall


  • Located in St. Ives, Cornwall, South West England, England
  • The popular Cornish coastal town of St Ives is named after St Ia. St Ia was blown across the sea from Ireland to St Ives on a leaf. The church that rises from the centre of the town is dedicated to this saint
  • 'The earliest known traditions about [St Ia] occur in the Life of Gwinear by the Breton cleric Anselm, written in c.1300. This tells how Hya, an Irish virgin of noble birth, came too late to the coast of Ireland to accompany Gwinear and his companions on a voyage to Cornwall, and how a leaf miraculously enlarged itself to the size of a boat and carried her there (Acta Sanctorum, March: iii.457-8).' (Source: Nicholas Orme's excellent 'The Saints of Cornwall)
  • The church is located by St Ives Harbour & Beach. St Ives Barbara Hepworth Museum and Gardens is just up the road
  • Whilst you're exploring the history of St Ives, we'd also recommend wandering up to St Ives Chapel of St Nicholas
  • By James Penman

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