Tintagel Church, Cornwall

Another Cornish village more famous for its Castle, also has a very ancient church. Dedicated to St. Merteriane (possibly St. Madryn, a Celtic saint who may have preached here) it is thought that it stands on the site of a Celtic Oratory.

The Normans arrived in 1080 and began work on the church and the small motte castle in nearby Bossiney. The Earls of Cornwall were in control by this point and 1141 Reginald, the son of Henry I, built Tintagel Castle and is most likely responsible for completing the church around 1150. The church has survived considerably better than the castle and is largely as Earl Reginald would have recognised it.

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