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St Protus and St Hyacinth’s Church, Blisland
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St Protus and St Hyacinth’s Church, Blisland
Location Blisland
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Previous denomination Roman Catholic
Dedication Saints Hyacinth and Protus
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Parish Blisland
Deanery Trigg Minor and Bodmin
Archdeaconry Bodmin
Diocese Diocese of Truro
Province Province of Canterbury

St Protus and St Hyacinth's Church, Blisland is a Grade I listed parish church in the Church of England in Blisland, Cornwall, England, UK.

History and description

The church is of Norman origins, but was extended in the 15th century. It was restored in 1894 at a cost of £1,300 by F. C. Eden, architect. The chancel was restored by the rector. The window in the end of the south chancel aisle was filled with stained glass designed by Bucknall and Comper of London, and donated by Mrs Lucy Edward-Collins, in memory of her husband, Revd. C. M. Edward-Collins, and her son, E. C. Edward-Collins of Trewardale. It reopened on 13 December 1894.

The present form of the dedication to Protus and Hyacinth relies on identifying the St Pratt of tradition with St Protus Martyr. (Locally the saint would be called St Pratt rather than Protus.) Dr Sidney J. Madge published in 1950 a good account of the church and its two patron saints entitled Blisland Church and its Patron Saints; a 2nd edition was issued in 1965 with a preface by John Betjeman. Charles Henderson, writing in the Cornish Church Guide (1925) suggests that Lavethan (formerly Lanedewen) may record the original dedication of the church since the second element may be St Adwen (patron of Advent, Cornwall).

Crucifix, Church of St. Protus and St. Hyacinth at Blisland (June 2004)
Detail of the rood screenn by F. C. Eden (1896)

The extensive restoration includes work by Ninian Comper and F. C. Eden. According to Betjeman: "As a restoration and even improvement on a medieval church, this holy and peaceful place ... can hardly be bettered in the kingdom." In the church is the early 15th century brass of John Balsam, formerly rector here.

Parish status

The church is in a joint parish with

  • St Catherine's Church, Temple
  • St Breward's Church, St Breward
  • St Helena's Church, Helland
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