St Meubred’s Church
The Parish Church of St Meubred in Cardynham dates back to about the 15th Century , and is dedicated to an Irish missionary who came over to preach to the moorland folk but ended up being beheaded in Rome. His body was later returned to the Parish and buried here; there’s a 14th century Easter sepulchre or Meubred’s tomb with niche above in the chancel.
The Church, which was damaged by German bombs that were intended for Bodmin during World War II, contains some fine bench ends including the arms of the local Glynn family – a five pronged eel spear – and a colourful Glynn monument of 1699 at the east end of the south aisle. There is an unusual 15th Century brass plaque dedicated to one of the earliest Rectors – Thomas Awmarle. The charming inscription translated says “I ask you, brothers, to pray for me and I will pray for you as much as I can”. There is also a letter of ca 1660 from King Charles I to loyal Parishes painted on boards, and one of the best plaster Royal coats of arms in Cornwall of 1661. The churchyard contains two particularly fine Cornish crosses, one of which dates from the 8th Century. Further information can be found here.
Photo: Peter Claridge
St Meubred’s has become the first Cycling Church in the UK. Early in October 2017 Bishop Chris of St Germans dedicated the newly installed Cycle Prayer Station which has been gloriously decorated by pupils from Cardinham Primary School.
St Meubred’s Church wanted to make it known that it especially welcomes cyclists and walkers who are enjoying the delights of the surrounding countryside. People are invited to bring their thoughts and prayers to the Prayer Station by tying ribbons to the bicycle or writing on and attaching luggage labels. The original idea came from a member of the congregation who sadly lost a close friend who had been passionate about cycling. More details on the Prayer Station can be found here