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St Clement (Cornish: Moresk) is a civil parish and village near Truromarker in Cornwallmarker, Englandmarker, in the United Kingdommarker.

St Clement is a popular tourist village: aside from the natural beauty of the surrounding countryside the principal attraction of St Clement to visitors is the village's church and its associated conservation projects that are maintained by members of the local community.

The village is rare in that, despite its close proximity to Truro, the county's administrative centre, the village itself has scarcely changed in comparison to many similar locations in the area.

History

The Ignioc stone
The old name of this place is Moresk and there was a castle here in Norman times. The manor of Moresk was one of the 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall. The church is medieval but has lost much of its interest due to later restorations. The churchyard contains an inscribed stone: the first word of the inscription is isnioc. John Betjeman is less critical of the restoration of 1865 and remarks on the graveyard inscriptions.

There is also an electoral ward of Kerrier District called Moresk.

Literary associations

W. J. Burley's Wycliffe and the Last Rites is set in a village called Moresk.

References

  1. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 73-74
  2. Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 151


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