Canon Diggens Archive


As the information conveyed in the foregoing papers has been culled from various items scattered through State papers, Ecclesiastical Registers, Parish Documents, Social Records etc. etc. any History of St. Keverne must be fragmentary and disconnected.

Several ages are passed over in silence, such as the 15th century when it is supposed the present church attained its noble size and proportion.

The name of the restorers is unknown being erased by the hand of the Tudors. But what is in a name when a memorial like St. Keverne Church stands forth an undying witness of their labour and love. Since their day others have lived who have kept the faith and left an influence for good behind them equally imperishable. Men like Dr. Leverton Spry (the late). Mr. Edward Roskruge. Mr. John Kempthorne, Mr. Martin, etc. etc.

At the present time St. Keverne has its true friends and upholders. At the old mansion of Lanarth resides Mr. P.O. Williams who is a typical English Squire ever ready to lend a helping hand to those in need. Through his exertions and the untiring efforts of Mrs. P.D. Williams, a district nurse was established in the parish and is partly maintained by them. They also substantially helped the Vicar and Mrs. Diggens with their work in the Sunday School.

Mr. P.D. Williams has long been a Justice of the Peace and in the year held the honourable position of High Sheriff of Cornwall.

Closely connected with the parish, though not a resident, is the present Bishop of Ripon, Dr. Drury, who has paid yearly visits and helped in the services of the church. His daughter is the wife of Dr. Leverton Spry.

Another kind friend who has voluntarily undertaken an evening service during his holidays at Coverack is the Rev. G.A. King of Easterton, Devizes.

Of Mr. Trevenen's kindness in giving the land for the church and St. Peter's Hall mention is made elsewhere,

Sir Arthur and the late Lady Jane Vivian have also given their support to any good object.

We cannot leave the History of St. Keverne without a tribute to those who have risked their lives, and to those who have made the great sacrifice in the late war.

Rev W.A. Diggens   1918