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Isles of Scilly on Wikipedia.

Link for all of the parish churches.

Listings are by island.

There was a short-lived Baptist Chapel on the island from circa 1830 until at least 1843. The Baptist Home Ministry, which ran the chapel, withdrew form the island in 1843, though prayer meetings may have continued without a minister for some time before the building was abandoned. A second followed, built in 1876-7, which was also used by the Bible Christians/Methodists. It's now a private residence. Another view. SV 87900 15014. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
All Saints (1742). SV 87991 14910. © Roy Graham. Another view, © Carole Sage (2006). Two additional views - 1, 2, two interiors - 1, 2, the pulpit, font (1861), and a window by Oriel Hicks (2007), all © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.

St. Agnes.
The former Bible Christian Chapel dates from the 1830's. Long closed, it became the island's Reading Room, and is now the island Hall. The large extension is recent, and provides improved community facilities. Both © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Agnes of Rome was built in the early 19th century to replace one of the 16th or 17th century, which fell victim to a storm. The money to re-build was raised through the sale of a wrecked ship, and the church bell also came from the ship. SV 87744 08296. © Roy Graham. Two additional views - 1, 2, the interior, pulpit and the font. The church has some charming modern stained glass, an example being this one, depicting boats heading out o sea on an errand of mercy. All © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.

St. Helen's
Now uninhabited, the island has the earliest known Christian site on the islands. According to archaeological investigations, St. Elidius' Hermitage consisted of a chapel and living cell (8th century), a small church of the 11th/12th century with associated graves, and 12th century living cells. The island isn't served by a boat service, so this distant view of the site was taken from another island. The site of the remains is on the pale patch of grass to the left of centre. SV 90091 16870. © Carole Sage (2016). The following photos from the excavations are all © Katharine Sawyer - 1, 2, 3, 4.

St. Martin's.
Of the medieval chapel on Chapel Down, nothing survives other than the wall footings. Carole cautions that much on-line material claiming to show the chapel in fact show what remains of a nearby Napoleonic look-out station. Carole has had confirmation from local archaeologist Katharine Sawyer that these photos are actually of the chapel. Another view. SV 94204 16096. All © Carole Sage (2016).
Methodist Church at Higher Town. Dating from circa 1845, it was originally Bible Christian. SV 92913 15461. © Roy Graham. Another view (the lower part of the building is the church hall), and two interiors - 1, 2. all © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.
St. Martin (1866). SV 92849 15618. © Roy Graham. Another view, two interiors - 1, 2, the altar, pulpit, font and a window (St. Martin giving half his cloak to a beggar). All © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.

St. Mary's.
A building in the terrace (right of centre) is currently a hair-dressing business, but was for a time used as a Baptist Chapel. SV 90429 10531. © Carole Sage (2016).
The former Bible Christian Chapel on Church Street in Hugh Town is now in use as a Masonic Hall. It was the first Bible Christian Chapel on the island - the congregation had previously met in a pub (see next entry). Its successor is now the islands Methodist Church (see below). SV 90469 10567. © Carole Sage (2016).
The Bishop and Wolf Inn was used in the 1820's by Bible Christian Missionaries from Cornwall to preach, prior to a purpose-built chapel being set up in Hugh Town (for which, see previous entry). © Carole Sage (2016).
Methodist Church on Church Street, Hugh Town, built as Bible Christian in 1899-1900. It became Methodist around the 1930's. Some of the fittings were transferred from the old Wesleyan Chapel in Hugh Town (see below). SV 90549 10561. © Roy Graham. Another view, and three interiors - 1, 2, 3, all © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.
Our Lady Star of the Sea (R.C.) at Lower Strand, Hugh Town. Originally a girls' school (1860), the school transferred elsewhere, and the local catholic community leased it from 1931, later buying it outright. There is no longer a resident priest, services are held by the Penzance priest, with visiting priests during the summer. SV 90438 10558. © Roy Graham. Interior view, and a window, both © Carole Sage (2016).
St. Mary's, in Hugh Town dates from 1836-8. The vicar is accorded the title of Chaplain of the Isles, and is vicar for the whole island group. SV 90658 10584. © Roy Graham. Another view, the interior, window, and the font, all © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.
St. Mary in Old Town. Originally of the early C12, what remains today is, according to Pevsner, part of the original nave and side chapel (restored). SV 91112 10044. © Roy Graham. Two additional views - 1, 2, the interior, and the font. The former British Prime Minister Harold Wilson lies here. All © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II* listed.
The site of the vanished chapel of St. Maudut is now occupied by the house gable-end on to the street at the bottom of the hill. Built around 1336, by the 18th century it was in use as a house, and it was demolished around 1830. © Carole Sage (2008).
The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel on Garrison Lane, Hugh Town. It was the second on the site, the previous building dating from 1790. The building shown was succeeded by the Methodist on Church Street (see above), and it is currently used by the council as offices and council chamber, and as a Magistrate's Court. Photo taken on behalf of Carole Sage.
The former Wesleyan Meeting House at Old Town dates from the mid-19th century, and was the second on the site. It probably closed following the union of the Bible Christians and Methodists in the 1930's, when the former Bible Christian Chapel became the Methodist Church for the island (for which, see above). It was subsequently converted for residential use, and is now run as a B&B. SV 91486 10414. © Carole Sage (2016).

The island is no longer inhabited, the last people leaving in 1855. It never had a church, but one islander held prayers and bible readings in his now ruinous house, to which the other islanders were welcomed. © Katharine Sawyer.

Another now-uninhabited island, it once had a hermitage, known as St. Theona's Chapel. All that survives are some low walls. Another view. Both © Katharine Sawyer.

The former Baptist Chapel, now a holiday cottage. It has also been a surgery. SV 89038 15391. © Tresco Island/
The remains of the Benedictine Priory, dedicated to St. Nicholas. SV 8945 1428. © Carole Sage (1992).
Non-conformism came relatively late to the island, as the Lord Proprietor wanted to encourage the population to attend the Anglican Church. However, two Methodist lay preachers used to hold prayer and worship meetings at their homes - shown here (© Carole Sage (1994)) and here (© Carole Sage (2009)). Eventually, a Wesleyan Chapel was built - now a school, it can be seen here, on an external website.
St. Nicholas (1878-9). It replaced two old cottages which stood on approximately the same site. These were used as a church by the SPCK. Locals conducted the services, with occasional visits by the chaplain from St. Mary's. There has been no resident vicar on the island since 1982. SV 89219 15416. © Roy Graham. Two additional views - 1, 2, two interiors - 1, 2, the altar, pulpit, font, and a window, all © Carole Sage (2016). Grade II listed.




08 January 2017

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