St Uny

Lelant Reredos
Figures of Saints in the Reredos at Lelant

Figures of Saints (6) – Newspaper article (Western Morning News, 1925); 1925

The reredos on which these figures stand is a memorial to three members of the same family. In about 1910 the reredos without figures was erected in memory of Alice Uny Chads, who drowned in a tragic bathing accident on Lelant beach in 1908. Her father, Captain J. Hanbury Chads, died in 1916 and a carving of the Crucifixion was inserted in the middle panel as a memorial to him. When his widow, Alice A. Chads, died in 1925, six figures of Celtic saints were placed in the side panels, very similar in style and size to those in Truro Cathedral. The Western Morning News article reports that they were ‘beautifully carved by Miss Pinwill, of Plymouth’ (Ibid. p. 9) and lists the saints as Winwoloe, Ia, Uny, Gwinear, Anta and Ergh, although the church guide replaces Gwinear with Phillack (Lelant, undated). The reredos was originally in the sanctuary but was moved to the Lady Chapel in 1973.


Lelant (undated) The Story of the Parish Church of St Uny Lelant.

Western Morning News (1925) Lelant Reredos. Memorial to Cornish Saints. 23 July p. 9.