MENHENIOT rests prettily in a smiling countryside on a slope of the delightful Seaton Valley. Its wayside church, which has one of the few Cornish spires, is chiefly 15th century. Lofty arcades with single-stone pillars frame the nave and chancel, and there are splendid old black and white wagon roofs with floral bosses and their original plaster.
The glass of the north aisle has a modern gallery of heroes, Alfred with our three patron saints, and Joseph interpreting Pharaoh's dream. Both the pulpit and lectern are modern, made from oak grown hereabouts. The lectern has a fine figure of William of Wykeham, once rector of this church, holding models of Winchester School and his Oxford college. The pulpit was given in memory of Admiral Jago, who sailed in the Enterprise in search of Sir John Franklin. Its four panels show Christ with the fishermen and calming the waters, the Enterprise ice-bound with seven men pulling in a sledge, and the ship in which the Admiral had served as a middy.
The dramatic fate of a hunter is brought to mind by the brass inscription of Sir Ralph Carminow; he was Sheriff 600 years ago, and was hunting one day when a pack of hounds leapt over a cliff and pulled him with them.
Some of the Cornish Trelawnys are buried here, and the most famous of them all, Jonathan Trelawny, one of the heroic Seven Bishops, is thought to have been baptised at this plain font. It was of him that the ballad was written, And Shall Trelawny Die?
Arthur Mee's King's England, Cornwall (1937). An original copyright transcription by CuriousFox, edited for identification purposes.