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Coordinates: 50°06′32″N 5°36′36″W / 50.109, -5.610
Cornish: Eglossankres
Sancreed church and war memorial cornwall
Sancreed parish church

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Red pog.svg Sancreed shown within Cornwall
Population 628 (2001)
OS grid reference SW418293
Parish Sancreed
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town Truro
Postcode district TR19
Dialling code 01736
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament St Ives
List of places: UK • England • Cornwall

Sancreed (Cornish: Eglossankres) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately three miles (5 km) from Penzance.[1]

Sancreed civil parish encompasses the settlements of Bejouans, Bosvennen, Botreah, Drift, Sancreed, Trenuggo, and Tregonnebris. It is bounded by St Just parish to the west, Madron parish to the northeast, and St Buryan and Paul parishes to the south. The parish comprises 4,608 acres (18.648 km2) of land.


At Carn Euny is a noteworthy prehistoric settlement.

Like many Cornish communities Sancreed can trace its origins to its legendary foundation by St Credan or Sancredus, a follower of St Petroc. The church itself is pre-dated by the holy well and baptistery of Sancreed, located a few hundred metres west of the church: the site was rediscovered by the vicar of Sancreed in the late 19th century. The wells and baptistery are of a similar age in both respects to those at Madron; like Madron there is a tradition of hanging cloughties (small strips of cloth) on the trees surrounding the well. The well is also known as St Uny's well. Next to the grade II listed baptistery ruin there is a modern Celtic cross (erected in 1910) which is a copy of a medieval cross in Illogan churchyard. Langdon (1896) recorded the existence of eight stone crosses in the parish, including four in the churchyard. The two crosses in the churchyard are Hiberno-Saxon and both have the same unusual shape of the heads, with a crucifixus on one side.[2]

The church which is dedicated to St Sancredus is all built of granite. It has an unbuttressed west tower of two stages, a north transept, and a 15th-century south aisle of five bays. Features of interest include the font which is of the St Ives type and the rood screen which has curious carvings at the base.[2]

Local governmentEdit

For the purposes of local government Sancreed is a civil parish and elects its own parish council every four years. The principal local authority is Cornwall Council.

See alsoEdit

Modern stone cross at Sancreed Chapel and Well - - 230583

Stone cross at Sancreed Chapel and Well


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 203 Land's End ISBN 978-0-319-23148-7
  2. ^ a b Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by Enid Radcliffe. Harmondsworth: Penguin; p. 207.

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