A Brief History of the Church
The church at Probus is built on what is roughly a circular site indicative of a possible early 5th century Celtic Christian Community.
There is also some evidence of a Celtic monastic site here in the 10th century. King Athelstan founded a church in about AD 930, which was in existence at the time of the Norman Conquest, and the church was mentioned as one of the Cornish landowners in the Domesday Book of 1086.
In the 1140’s, the church became a collegiate foundation with a Dean and five Canons and the right of Sanctuary. In 1447 the chapel of St George was licensed. This was situated in the south east corner of the present churchyard, but no traces of it now remain.
Pevsner says that ‘the glory of the church is it’s tower’. This was started c. 1523 and is the tallest of any parish church in Cornwall (38.35m), with some very fine views from the top. What is in dispute is the date the tower was completed. Pevsner describes it as ‘lavishly decorated, though with more tact and taste than in the Trecarrel buildings in and around Launceston’.
On the north and south sides of the first stage of the tower are three niches, each for statues. But, what happened to those statues or were they even completed? We shall probably never know. The tower is more like those in Somerset (North Petherton) than any other in Cornwall.
The eight bells are now one of the finest peals in Cornwall and ring every week. The tower has been floodlit since the start of the new millennium.
The church was restored by G E Street in 1851 and the fine mosaic reredos and the chancel candelabrum were added in 1886. The Hele organ, originally in the Lady Chapel was moved to it’s present location following the 1905 extension of the side aisle, to form vestry’s and an organ loft.
The church is a very fine building, but churches were built for a purpose and that purpose is still being served today, 2000 years after the birth of Christianity.The main Sunday Service is a Sung Eucharist at 10.00 a.m.
Morning Prayer is said daily at 8.05 am.
There is an Eucharist every Thursday at 10.00 am.
The congregation is lively and welcoming. Newcomers to Probus and visitors are particularly welcome, as are young children. The Sunday School meets during the main service. Coffee and tea are served after services and also on a Tuesday morning from 10.00 a.m. Study Groups meet through most of the year - these usually discuss a Christian book that members all read, and provide additional fellowship and an opportunity to get to know more about the Christian faith.
The Church is kept unlocked during daylight hours.
If you should join us for a service or any event, please make yourself known to any of the clergy or church warden.
The Rector of Probus is the Reverend Andrew Wade
The Sanctuary, Wagg Lane, Probus, Truro. TR2 4JX
Tel : +44 (0)1726 882746