St. Winaloe's Church, Poundstock, Cornwall

Although the church is unremarkable in itself, dedicated to St. Winaloe and dating to around the early 14th Century the village and church have been the centre of a number of interesting, very Cornish, events.

Penfound Manor is the oldest inhabited house in England, dating to the Saxon period (but sadly not open to the public), the Gildhouse next to the church is the only one of its kind in Cornwall and is Grade I Listed.

Poundstock was a centre for smuggling and piracy from 1300 until the Black Death wiped the village out in 1348. However, smuggling and wrecking continued after the village was refounded. William Penfound, of the nearby manor, was murdered in the church and now haunts his old house.

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