St Erth Cemetery, Cornwall, UK

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UPDATE 7 August 2018 - I was unable to use this free-space page to attach photos of graves as the name of the page contains special characters (i.e. commas are present) in the URL. This has prevented the tagging of photos, uploaded to profiles of those interred at this cemetery, also being attached to the Free-space page. A separate Free-space page has been created (without special characters in the URL) to enable the photos of graves to be added. Irwin-2099 14:51, 6 August 2018 (UTC) While some of this can be overcome by uploading photos directly to the page before attaching to profiles, any photos that are uploaded to profiles first cannot be attached to this free-space page, therefore see the page now established specifically for the photos and interment table.

Please see the Free Space page for Photos of Graves at St Erth Churchyard.


The church and churchyard are located near the banks of the River Hayle in St Erth, in West Cornwall. The main entrance is on The Green Lane, with space for parking nearby. Another entrance is on Church Street.

The address of the church is:
16 Church St,
St Erth,
Hayle TR27 6HP, UK

It is also described as being on The Green Lane.

The "original" crossing of the river Hayle was here, providing the main route through to Penzance from Hayle, Camborne, etc.

GPS Co-ordinates are: 50.16453, -5.4321

About St Erth's

The parishes of Phillack with Gwithian, Gwinear, St Elwyn and St Erth came together in 1996 to form a team ministry, called Godrevy Team Ministry, which is named after Godrevy Lighthouse, the St Ive's Bay's iconic feature.

There has been a church on this site in St Erth since Celtic times. Set in the heart of the village, on a peaceful and attractive site by the River Hayle, the present church is a Grade I listed building. The church (in 2018) has a Liberal Catholic outlook, and holds a variety of different services and events. St Erth Church can seat 275 people.

Further information and history on the church can be obtained from The Godrevy Team Ministry website.

The church building is difficult to date with accuracy due to extensive restoration through the centuries and rebuilding. A Press report of the re-opening of the Church in 1874 stated: "The work taken in hand was so extensive a character that of the old building all that now remained are the tower and pillars, the latter having had to be extensively restored." (Royal Cornwall Gazette, Falmouth, 21 February 1874.) The main architecture of the church is from the 15th Century. However, the remains of a beautifully decorated cross in the churchyard suggests that a church existed here from at least the Tenth Century. There has been a suggestion that St Erth's patron saint, Ercus, Bishop of Slane, landed here in the 5th Century.

Also see the Wikipedia page for St Erth Church, and Historic England's page for St Erth.

List of Interments

For the list and table of interments (with photos) see The Free Space page for Photos of Graves at St Erth Churchyard. Notable burials include:

  • Bernard Walke, Vicar of St Hilary and his wife Annie Walke who was a painter and poet.
  • Herbert Augustine Carter - Victoria Cross recipient, Fourth Somaliland Expedition. Died in 1916.

Also see the Find-a-Grave page for St Erth Churchyard.

There is also a larger cemetery, known as St Erth Church Cemetery, at GPS Coordinates: 50.16727, -5.43231. This cemetery is on Chenhalls Road. This has a separate Find-a-Grave page: St Erth Cemetery. This lists 4 Commonwealth War Graves.

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