Saint Hilary Church Cornwall


The Spire

For over 600 years the beautiful spire of St Hilary church has been a landmark of West Cornwall. The church stands on the high land between the two seas and its tower and spire have been for centuries, a day mark for ships in St Ives and Mount Bays.

Recently the spire was struck by lightning and is now in need of extensive repair. Fortunately this is largely covered by insurance.

Because the work will require extensive scaffolding, it will be possible to do other necessary work to fully restore the spire and bells. For this we require an additional £50,000.

The Bells

The bells of Saint Hilary have lain silent for more than a quarter of a century. The last work on them was 110 years ago. The peal of six bells became nationally famous during the 1920’s and 1930’s when the BBC broadcast a series of plays by a former vicar, The Reverend Bernard Walke.

Restoration will also revive the art of bell-ringing in St Hilary.


St Hilary church is a grade 1 listed building and receives visitors from all over the world.

During the last five years a major programme of restoration work - re-roofing, re-plastering and re-decorating has cost a quarter of a million pounds. This has been raised by generous help from grant making bodies, well wishers and a hard working congregation.


We aim to ensure that in years to come, this beautiful and historic place is still available for the local community and all those further afield. who appreciate and value it. It will also ensure continuing use of this historic and holy place for worship, family occasions such as weddings, funerals etc. And school and education use.

How you can help

All donations are very much appreciated, for more information please contact or write to:

St Hilary PCC

c/o The Rectory

St Hilary




TR20 9DQ