St Anthony-in-Meneage

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St Anthony-in-Meneage
St Anthony-in-Meneage and Gillan Creek (8558).jpg
St Anthony-in-Meneage, on Gillan Creek
Grid reference: SW782256
Location: 50°5’20"N, 5°6’-0"W
Post town: Helston
Postcode: TR12
Local Government

St Anthony-in-Meneage is a coastal village in Cornwall. The parish is in the Meneage district of the Lizard peninsula.

At the 2011 census the parish had a recorded population of 178.

The village is situated on a peninsula between the Helford River and Gillan Harbour on the west side of Falmouth Bay, five miles south of Falmouth and seven miles east of Helston. It largely consists of a church and holiday lets owned by a local holiday company that is based in the village.

The peninsula ends at Dennis Head, the site of an Iron Age fortress.[1]

The parish is divided by Gillan Harbour and the tidal Gillan Creek. The village and parish church are on the north side of Gillan Harbour. South of the harbour are the hamlets of Carne, Flushing (not to be confused with the larger village of Flushing north of Falmouth) and Gillan, and further inland the small ancient settlements of Boden and Trewarnevas.

Sights about the village

Bosahan House was a late 19th century country house until it was demolished in the 1950s and replaced by a smaller house.[2][3]

Bosahan Garden is open to visitors. It was developed by the Grylls family and by Arthur Pendarves Vivian who took over the estate in 1885. In The Gardener magazine it was described as 'the most Cornish of all Cornish gardens' in 1909.[4]

A thatched cottage by the entrance way to Bosahan

The South West Coast Path runs along both shores of Gillan Harbour, and crosses Gillan Creek on stepping stones only passable at low tide. The path then rounds Dennis Head and leaves the parish on the south shore of the Helford River.

St Anthony-in-Meneage is within the 'Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty', as is almost a third of the county.

Parish church

St Anthony-in-Meneage parish church

The parish church stands near Gillan Harbour. It is dedicated to St Anthony the Hermit. The church is mediæval, though parts are of different dates, a window in the chancel (Early English) is the earliest and the north aisle with an arcade of plain octagonal piers somewhat later. The tower was built in the 15th century of granite blocks at the west end.

The font is ornamented with angels and a Latin inscription and is probably of the 15th century.[5]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about St Anthony-in-Meneage)


  1. Information on St Anthony-in-Meneage  from GENUKI
  2. Matthew Beckett: Bosahan; England's Lost Country Houses
  3. Bosahan Lodge, Gate Piers, Gates and Flanking Walls - British Listed Buildings
  4. Bosahan Garden; Visit Cornwall
  5. Nikolaus Pevsner: The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 1951; 1970 Penguin Books ISBN 978-0-300-09589-0