Probus

The 16th century church of St Probus and St Grace is certainly the most interesting building in the sizeable village of Probus, with its wide main street lined with elegant Georgian houses. The church tower is over 120’ high, and both the interior and exterior is adorned with fine examples of stone carving. In the reliquary there are two skulls said to be of the patron saints. Such a grand church apparently owes its existence to what was once a thriving wool industry in the area.

Keen gardeners would appreciate the Probus Gardens, designed in the 70’s to inspire people to make the most of Cornwall’s clement climate. It has sections devoted to organic vegetable growing as well as flowers and shrubs. On a grander scale, Trewithen house and gardens is open to the public in the summer. The Hawkins family, whose ancestral home this was, are honoured by a monument in the local churchyard and the local pub, the Hawkins Arms, also bears their name.

Ladock nearby boasts one of the two Cornish examples of William Morris glass in its church.

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