St Eval Parish Council
This 13th century church stands quite alone: visible for miles around, surrounded by disused runways of RAF St.Eval -
The contribution of the Royal Air Force to preserving and beautifying this ancient place of worship forms a fascinating chapter in the story of a building which goes back to Norman times, when the Church was first built on the site of a Celtic shrine. A very interesting church in an unlikely situation.
St Eval parish is renowned in Cornwall for its association with the RAF.
The churchtown which used to comprise of a small cluster of five houses in addition to the outlying Glebe Cottages, no longer exists and the church stands in the middle of an airfield built in 1939 for monitoring U-
The parish church of St Eval dates from the 13th century
The beautiful stained glass window was presented by the RAF as part of their refurbishment of the Lady Chapel in 1989. This was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening of RAF St Eval.
The sundial above the south porch is from 1724.
An interesting story surrounds the cross which is displayed on the wall here. A Shackleton of 205 Squadron was lost in 1958 off the Malaysian coast. A local fisherman observed the crash and memorised the details, burying the body of the single survivor on an atoll and marking it with this cross. The cross was brought to St Eval in 1972.
St Eval Aerodrome
Vertical aerial view of RAF St Eval, Cornwall. Two badly-
Aerial view of the RAF Coastal Command airfield at St Eval in Cornwall, 18 July 1942. Bomb craters left by previous Luftwaffe raids can be seen.
Courtesy of Imperial War Museum © IWM (HU 92963)
St Eval Parish Church
Another view of St Eval Parish Church
The old RAF Aerodrome at St Eval