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Marhamchurch ( ) is a village and civil parish in North Cornwallmarker, UKmarker. The village lies two miles inland from Budemarker off the A39 Atlantic Highway to Wadebridgemarker.

The Celtic Saint Marwenne (Morwenna) around the end of the fifth century founded a hermitage and gave her name to the village. She was one of the twenty-four children of St Brychan, a Welsh saint and king, in the 4th century.

Parish Church

The church is dedicated to St Marwenne and though probably the Normans built a church here nothing of it remains. Most of the present church is of the 14th century and in the 15th century an aisle and porch were added. In the early 15th century the existence of an anchorite's cell occupied by Cecilia Moys is recorded. Features of interest include the four-holed cresset stone and a Norman quarter-capital (this cannot be part of the Norman church here).

Marhamchurch Revel

Marhamchurch Revel is a festival held every year, on the Monday after 12 August in Marhamchurch. During the festival a Queen of the Revel is chosen from the village schoolgirls and crowned by Father Time in front of the church where St. Morwenna's cells are said to have stood. Following these events a procession led by the local band and the newly crowned Revel Queen then proceeds through the village to the Revel Ground. Here the villagers are entertained with a show of Cornish dancing, Cornish Wrestling and other entertainments.


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