Issey, is located about 2.5 miles south of Padstow and approximately 5
miles north of St Columb, and covers an area of approximately 4500
acres, the ecclesiastical parish of St Petrocs Minor or Little
Petherick has it is known, was added to St Issey parish and thus
increased the acreage by a further 1215. The main hamlets of this
parish, with the exception of Churchtown, are Trenance, Tredinnick and
Trevance. There are several manor houses in this area including
the 1814 ruins at the site of Barton, which includes a manor house and chapel. Tregenna
Manor once belonged to the Arundells. In 1867, the Vicar of St
Issey church achieved is ambition of educating the children of the
parish by pushing to have a school constructed.
St Issey Parish Church
The school at St Issey
was built in 1867 / 8 with the help of the local farmers, who gave
there services to bring the stone from Tredinnick quarry. In 1966 and
again in 1978 the school underwent modernisation. In 1980 St Issey
parish church underwent a £200'000 restoration and thus is a
beautifully restored Grade 1 listed building that is so worth a visit.
Below is an image of the stunning pipes above
the church organ.
The church is dedicated to St Issey or Itha or Ida, the Virgin of
Abbess, who was born in Ireland in A.D. 480 St Issey died in
A.D. 569 but there is still a feast held on the Sunday nearest the
20th in the month of November.
The centre of Churchtown
There are several public
footpaths from the village. One leads down to
the Camel Trail, a 27
mile trail for walkers and cyclists that follows a disused railway
Bodmin, to Dunmere
and Poley's Bridge. Padstow is a peaceful 45 minute walk from the pub
and Wadebridge is a couple of hours away on foot. It's obviously a
lot quicker on a bicycle! Bring your own bikes or hire them in Padstow
or Wadebridge. Or follow the footpath across the farmyard at the back
to Melingey where you join the
Saints Way to either Padstow on the North Coast or Fowey on the South.
There are a wide range of shops and banks in Padstow and Wadebridge,
including hairdressers, greengrocers and supermarkets.