ST MORWENNA & ST JOHN THE BAPTIST CHURCH, Morwenstow, Cornwall. (See comments box for story).

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Roy Pledger on December 7, 2011

ecilop773, 0 minutes ago, said:

The former vicarage in the hamlet of Morwenstow at Cornwall’s northernmost tip, sports five chimneys which depict a variety of church towers in miniature. The man responsible for this curiosity was the eccentric Robert Stephen Hawker who was vicar there for 40 years from 1834 to 1875. Four of the chimneys are copies of the various church towers with which he had been associated, whilst the odd one out is a copy of Hawker’s mother’s tomb. Hawker, who wrote the Cornish Anthem, The Song of Western Men, re-created the pagan harvest festival as a Christian festival. He also recovered over 40 bodies of drowned sailors from various wrecks on the nearby coast and gave them Christian burials in his churchyard of St Morwanna & St John the Baptist Church.


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