On this occasion we were meeting friends for lunch at the Gunnards Head so we just stopped by briefly to look in the 12th century church of St. Senara.
The interior of the church is pleasingly simple
There are always fascinating histories to discover in old churches. What great praise for the character of yeoman John Quick who died in 1784 - hospitable, sociable, peaceable, humble, honest and devout, all of that before they even get round to mentioning his good manners!
But nowhere in Cornwall are we far from being reminded about the sea.
I like the way that the church roof resembles the structure of the hull of a boat.
The church of St. Senara is best known for the carving of Morveren the mermaid, the 'Mermaid of Zennor', depicted on a bench end that is 600 years old. The legend is that Morveren was enthralled by the singing of a handsome young villager called Matthew Trewalla. She would slip into the church to hear him sing the closing hymn then leave without being seen in time to catch the high tide. But one day Matthew caught a glimpse of her and fell instantly in love. He followed her, swimming out to sea to join her. They were never seen again.