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St. Probus and St. Grace


Probus (Cornish: Lamprobus) is a civil parish and village in Cornwallmarker, Englandmarker, in the United Kingdommarker. It is famous for having the tallest church tower in Cornwallmarker. The tower is high, and richly decorated with carvings. The place name originates from the church's dedication to Saint Probus.

History

There was a monastery here before the Norman Conquest which continued to exist until the reign of Henry I. King Henry gave the church of Probus to Exeter Cathedral and the clergy of Probus thereafter were a dean and five canons (the deanery was abolished in 1268 and the canonries in 1549). The first vicar was instituted in 1312; the parish had dependent chapelries at Cornelly, Cornwallmarker and Merthermarker. The church was built mainly in the 15th century but the tower was still under construction in 1523. In the church is the brass of John Wulvedon and his wife, 1512.

There are records of no less than nine medieval chapels in the parish and three more of which traditions exist. Two mansions formerly existed at Golden: one of the Wolvedon family and a larger one of the Tregians. The line of Wolvedons became extinct in 1514. At the Tregian mansion the Catholic martyr Cuthbert Mayne was arrested in June 1577.

Transport

Probus lies very close to the Cornish Main Line railway and was formerly served by the Probus and Ladock halt.

Sports and recreation

Probus has a King George's Field, a memorial to King George V.

Notable residents



  • James Oakley, Cardiff University's oldest student


References

  1. Dunkin, E. (1882) Monumental Brasses. London, Spottiswoode
  2. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 187-189


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