Cornwall and the Archives


Blog by Roelie Reed

During a recent visit to Cornwall, I visited St Enodoc Church, Trebetherick. The church itself was well worth the visit; it was built in 1430 but parts of it date back to the 12thC, as does its font.

font 2


The church is situated in the dunes at Daymer Bay on the River Camel Estuary and was almost buried in sand during the 18th and 19th C during which time the priest was lowered through the roof into the church to carry out its annual service so that he could keep his stipend!  


A Celtic Cross is in the entrance porch which was relocated to the church from a nearby location. On the adjacent Brae Hill there are three Bronze Age burial mounds.




There are some tenuous links with the Archives; Sir John Betjeman was a friend of archaeologist Stuart Piggott (he wrote a poem about Stuart – there is a signed copy in the Piggott archive); Sir John first came to Trebetherick in 1910; his father owned several properties in the area. He retired to the village where he owned a house on the 12th hole of the golf course, wrote several poems about the area and Cornwall, and he is buried in the churchyard.

We’ve also found some beautiful images of Cornwall in our glass plate photographic archive. This site was identified for us by a Twitter follower as Polruan:

Wylie: harbourside town with ships at anchor

We haven’t found any old images of Trebetherick though – yet!

It was a very poignant experience to sit on the bench where Sir John must have sat often, admiring the view over the estuary; the beach and see the waves breaking over the rocks in the distance.


St Endodoc


About Archaeology Archives Administrator

Researchers in the archives of the Institute of Archaeology, University of Oxford. Home of the Historic Environment Image Resource. Passionate about old photographs and fresh biscuits.
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