Sunday 7 April 2019

Is St Just-in-Roseland The Most Beautiful Churchyard On Earth?

St.Just in Roseland, Cornwall church gardens with palm trees

Yes, it's still Cornwall! This is St. Just-in-Roseland, with it's 13th century church and is one of my favourite places to visit - so very peaceful. Somehow there is a special feeling within the sub tropical churchyard and gardens set beside the river's creek. 

The photos were taken on a sunny day last year.

Celtic Cross at St.Just in Roseland, Cornwall

Sir John Betjeman suggested that this is perhaps the most beautiful churchyard on earth. 

When you look down from on high - as per the photo below - the church is in an idyllic position.

St.Just in Roseland, Cornwall church and gardens

The  river almost embraces the church when the tide is high.

St Just in Roseland church by the river

The graves and memorials in the churchyard are beautifully maintained:

St.Just in Roseland churchyard, Cornwall

The church itself is very simple inside. When we visited there was a group of people making wicker baskets, and it gives the impression of  being a much loved place.

Inside St.Just in Roseland church, Cornwall

Oh yes, and as a bonus, there is also a Holy Well in the church grounds - as photo below. Unfortunately it didn't look it's best as the banks had been cut. Nevertheless I dabbed a little of the water on my face - you never know the power of a Holy Well!

St.Just in Roseland, Cornwall Holy Well

After viewing the church and grounds it's possible to continue walking along the river to St Mawes Castle. Perfect!

Walking along the river to St.Mawes, Cornwall

See Also:
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  1. It's very unusual and yes, idylic. Some of the pictures remind me of the TV show "Death in Paradise".

    1. Thanks David. I like to visit there out of the main season as it's now getting to be quite a tourist hot spot during the summer season.

  2. What a beautiful place to be buried, Mike. A lovely article. I know a number of graveyards up and down the land, and there's one in the Lake District, high up in the fells, which is also beautiful. Always very peaceful places. Have a good week! :)

    1. Thank you Prue. It's definitely my favourite - somehow I always feel uplifted when I visit the church. Hope you have a good week too.

  3. Thank you for these. I am named after Bretagne and long to return to this region. I do not know where to begin to acquire a work visa but one day, perhaps I can return to my ancestral land.

    1. Thanks for leaving a comment and your interest in the post. All good wishes.

  4. Hi Mike, I am from Truro and love your page! I also work for the MailOnline and was wondering if I could use some of your pictures in an article I am doing for its Travel page? Thanks, Elena

    1. Hello Elena. I don't mind you using my photos for a one off article if the photos are attributed to me. Good wishes, Mike.

  5. Sorry, I don't see the relevance of your comment to my blog post.



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