Inside St Petroc's church

Here are a selection of treasures that you will find in our church.

Rood screen

Rood screen

In 1491 Matthy More undertook the reseating of the church and the building of the rood screen and pulpit. His work took four years and he was paid "about £400 in our money" (estimated in 1937). Parts of his work survive in the bench-ends and panels of the screen which have been re-used in the Corporation seats, wall panelling, reredos, pulpit and modern screen.

Font

Font

The font of a type common in Cornwall is of the 12th century: large and finely carved. The type may also be found at Altarnun and elsewhere but Bodmin's font is the largest and most highly ornamented of any of this type.

Reliquary

Reliquary

This C12th Sicilian ivory casket housed the bones of St Petroc

Colours

Colours

The colour from Waterloo was left in the air to disintegrate rather then being buried

DCLI

DCLI

Numerous memories of the Duke of Cornwall's Light Infantry (DCLI), which was a light infantry regiment of the British Army in existence from 1881 to 1959, can be found. 22 individual DCLI memorials are sited at various locations around the Church, and descriptive ‘handouts’ are available for visitor’s information. There are also intricate stained-glass windows, in memory of families but also the Fallen of the DCLI. Looking up in the roof space of the Soldiers Chapel, you will see the colours

St Petroc

St Petroc

Probably born in South Wales, he primarily ministered to the Britons of Devon (Dewnans) and Cornwall (Kernow), where he is associated with a monastery at Padstow, which is named after him. Bodmin became the major centre for his veneration when his relics were moved to the monastery there in the later ninth century.

Bodmin Gospels

Bodmin Gospels

Displayed within a somewhat tarnished glazed case on the West wall of the South Aisle are copies of some pages of the Bodmin Gospels which dates from the end of the 9th century to the early part of the 11th. It is mainly written in Latin and Old English but also has the earliest written examples of the Cornish language. In addition, records were added to the Book recording the freeing of slaves. The original Book is held at the British Library - Click on the picture for a link to information.

Christmas Trees

Christmas Trees

A beautiful feature at Christmas is our festival of Christmas trees