The 15th century


On the road from Reawla to Fraddam there is a place called Deverall. A name that has achieved a sort

of immortality, for it has come unchanged through the centuries.

This is a farm today. There is alas no trace of the important house that stood there, nor of it's chapel.

On the.   20th February, 1413, a licence was granted to John Deverall and Alice his wife for an oratory

to be  erected within their mansion of Deverall in St. Gwinear. There is a Chappel Field marked

on the Tithe map.

The church Commissioners held their meetings in this house,  and one such was convened in 1477,

with a view to sequesting the tithes to raise money to pay for repairs to the Chancel at the Church




in Crowan.

The Abbot and Convent of Tewekesbury were summoned to appear before the church officials,

as proprietors of these tithes, | to show just cause why these impositions should not be levied.

This meeting was to be held in 'Capella Beate Mariede Deverell'  that is, 'The chapel of the Blessed Mary

of Deverell'.To come such a long way, and then to be accommodated, with a retinue, this shows what an important

house it must have been!

The Tower is built:  

The Tower was built in 1441 when Michael Lercedekne's will, dated,

1441; 5th January

   " ad fabric am Turris sive Campanillis seu ad Campanas ecclesiie

     S.Winnere in cornubia  dis viz"

     'to the building of a tower without bells or towards church bells

      for St Gwinear in Cornwall ......?.'.

       Michael Lercedekne was treasurer of  Exeter Cathedral, and left

        in his will forty shillings towards this building,


The tower is of local elvan stone.There is a spiral staircase in the north-east corner  from which the exit

opens to the wider lantern turret.  Ships would be  guided from here before Godrevy lighthouse

was built. 

On the western wall of the turret, at head height,  is a mason's mark,  like an

American Indian's head.






The Chancel roof bosses include a Star of David  and the Stations

of the Cross.

This very old roof boss maybe viewed on request.    


1497    Nicholas Polkinhorne supported Perkin Warbeck at Exeter.He was attained in the

            Parliament  of 1504. The attainder was reversed in 1506/7, and his daughter Mary inherited Polkinhorne.

  The entrance porch,  in perpendicular style is decorated with the Tudor rose. 

  Tudor roses adorned many a building after Henry the eighth became head of the

   new Church of England.

  The marriage service was conducted in the porch in mediaeval times, followed

   by communion in the church.