Paul Parish Church

Paul Parish Church is a parish church in the Church of England located in Paul, Cornwall, UK.


The church is said to have been founded in 490 by Paul Aurelian, a Welsh saint. The church building is medieval but was largely destroyed in a raid by the Spanish in 1595.. It was rebuilt by 1600..

The tower

The tower is constructed of granite with double buttresses. It is 89 ft tall and is surmounted with a turret 20ft tall. This acts as a daymark for shipping. The tower contains six bells, three date from 1727 by Abraham Rudhall and the remaining three from 1950.

Burials and monuments

The Cornish language writers Nicholas Boson, Thomas Boson and John Boson are all buried in the churchyard, and a monument in the church by John Boson (to Arthur Hutchens, d. 1709) is the only surviving lapidary inscription in traditional Cornish.Within the village churchyard there is a memorial to Dolly Pentreath, reputedly and disputedly the last native speaker of Cornish. This memorial was placed there by Louis Lucien Bonaparte, a relative of Napoleon Bonaparte, and the Vicar of Paul in the 19th century.

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