St Mary's Church, Penzance

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St Mary’s Church, Penzance
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St Mary’s Church, Penzance
Coordinates: 50°06′59.82″N 5°32′0.33″W / 50.1166167°N 5.5334250°W / 50.1166167; -5.5334250
Location Penzance
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St Mary
Consecrated 6 September 1836
Heritage designation Grade II* listed[1]
Architect(s) Charles Hutchens
Groundbreaking 1832
Completed 15 November 1835
Parish Penzance
Deanery Penwith
Archdeaconry Cornwall
Diocese Diocese of Truro
Province Province of Canterbury

St Mary’s Church, Penzance is a Grade II* listed parish church in the Church of England in Penzance, Cornwall.[1]


The site as a place of worship dates from at least least the fourteenth century, but was a chapel to the parish of Madron and first licenced in 1321. The chapel was spared during the Spanish raid in August 1595 because Mass had been celebrated, previously.[2] Despite enlargements in 1662 to 1672, and 1782 it was severely overcrowded by 1824. At that time it served a population of circa 7000 and was still a chapel of ease to Madron, two miles inland.[2] The Reverend Thomas Vyvyan made arrangements to replace it with a new church designed by Charles Hutchens. The Clerk of Works was John Pope Vibert. The rebuilt church was consecrated by the Bishop of Exeter, Henry Phillpotts, on 6 September 1836.[3] A separate parish of Penzance was created in 1871.[1]

Arson destroyed the interior of the church in 1985.[1]


The organ contains casework dating from 1676 originally located in St Mary’s Church, Oxford. The organ is by J. W. Walker & Sons Ltd and was moved here from Oxford in 1949. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England. "Church of St Mary, Chapel Street  (Grade II*) (1220507)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Historic England. "Monument No 1572493 (1572493)". PastScape. Retrieved 4 February 2017. 
  3. ^ "The Lord Bishop of Exeter". Exeter and Plymouth Gazette. Plymouth. 10 September 1836. Retrieved 27 September 2015 – via British Newspaper Archive. (subscription required (help)). 
  4. ^ "NPOR D08564". National Pipe Organ Register. British Institute of Organ Studies. Retrieved 27 September 2015. 
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