St Keyne, Kenwyn

Truro Kenwyn Font Cover
Font Cover at Kenwyn, Truro (Photo: Roy Reed)

The entrance to this church is through a picturesque thirteenth-century lychgate with a room over that served for some time as a school.

Altar Cross – Photograph (PWDRO 116/52); date unknown

This small cross sits on the altar in the north transcept chapel.

Organ Screen – Photograph (PWDRO 116/52) R.F. Wheatly architect; 1935

The screen and the organ itself were the gift of Arthur William Gill in memory of his father and mother, William Nicholas Gill (died 1916) and Ada Gill (died 1922) and dedicated in February 1935.

Altar Rails – Hedges (2005); 1930s

Ron Dustan, who worked for Violet Pinwill in the 1930s, recalls working on altar rails for this church. Those in the church at present are of a design consistant with Pinwill work at this time.

Font Cover – No documentary evidence; date unknown

The font cover is almost identical in design to those at Broadclyst in Devon and at Kenwyn, Landulph and Pillaton in Cornwall, with Aaron’s rod motif around the base and four arching handles surmounted by a dove, although it is oblong rather than round to match the shape of the font.


Hedges, M. (2005) Ron Dustan, Woodcarver in West Country Churches. Dartmoor Society Newsletter 22, 14-19.

PWDRO 116/52 Photographs. Kenwyn. Altar Cross and Organ Screen.