St.Michael’s Church

Head up the hill to discover a historic site of worship where it’s thought a church has stood since at least 1208.

Named after the patron saint of Helston, the original St Michael’s church was struck by lightning in 1727, splitting the tower from the steeple. Worship was still carried out in the building for almost 30 years until the inhabitants made a special plea to Francis, Earl of Godolphin. He provided £6,000 to build the church you now see, which opened in 1761.

The main window depicts angels dancing the Flora Day dance and includes the opening bars of the famous tune set in notation.

The churchyard is an amazing place, especially in spring when carpets of bulbs surround the gravestones, including that of Henry Trengrouse, whose lifeline rocket apparatus saved many lives from stricken shipwrecks along the coast.

A wonderful magnolia tree shades the historic church entrance.

St Michaels Church Helston
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