St Uda

Figure of a Cherub – Photograph (PWDRO 116/106, 244/4 & 244/5); after 1914

The photographs of this figure of a cherub are not annotated, except for the one in 244/4, which states that it is a ‘memorial in white marble’. However, the inscription on the base of the figure reads that it was erected to the memory of Richard Westmacott Magor who died in 1914 aged 15 months. A search of the freebmd.org website established that he was born and had died in Bodmin RD and that his parents were Edward John P. and Gilian Sarah (née Westmacott) Magor. In 1911 they were living at Lamellen, St Tudy (The National Archives, St Tudy 1911), which lies within Bodmin RD. A visit in to the church in August 2014 revealed that generations of Magors are commemorated in the church and/or buried in the churchyard and that the cherub had been placed on a large family plot. Unfortunately, the figure itself is now missing, although the base with its inscription remains.

Altar Rails – Guide (Wood, 2001); probably 1932

At the time of the visit described above, the church guide was being reprinted, but a kind parishioner offered to forward a copy. When this arrived, it revealed that the ‘altar rails were made by Miss Pinwill of Plymouth’ (Ibid. p. 14), thus providing a new find, albeit one missed on the visit. The chancel at St Tudy was reordered and refurnished in 1932 (Beacham & Pevsner, 2014) and the altar rails may well be from then.

Sources

Beacham, P. & Pevsner, N. (2014) The Buildings of England. Cornwall. Yale University Press, London.

PWDRO 116/106 Photograph. St Tudy. Memorial Cherub.

PWDRO 244/4 Photograph Album. Various. Woodcarvings.

PWDRO 244/5 Photograph Album. Various. Woodcarvings.

The National Archives, St Tudy 1911 RG14 – PN13685 RD293 SD2 ED10 SN11 accessed at www.thegenealogist.co.uk

Wood, R. (2001) A Guide to the Ancient Parish Church of St Tudy North Cornwall.