Old Buildings in the Village
Many buildings in the centre of St Teath are within a Conservation Area. Within this area, which is generally designated by a local authority, lie buildings of special architectural or historical interest. Buildings in the area may not be completely demolished or trees cut down without conservation area consent.
Listing started in 1950
English Heritage has the task of identifying these buildings, based on age, rarity and architectural merit.
Grade I exceptional interest
Grade II special interest
All buildings before 1700 are listed and most between 1700 and 1840.
Grade II* is reserved for important buildings
The bounds of the St Teath conservation area are set out in a document which can be downloaded from North Cornwall District Council's (NCDC) website. The area includes The Square, Teague Terrace, upper Treroosal Road, much of North Street (including the School), Trevilley Lane, Fore Street, the church and all of the older houses behind the church. Refer to the map of St Teath on the Downloads page.
The English Heritage Images of England website contains several descriptions and photographs of listed buildings and old gravestones in St Teath. Try a search for St Teath on the site. Listed buildings and monuments are subject to considerable restrictions on what can be done to them, the objective being to retain essential character.
The Parish Church
This is the only Grade I listed building, probably dating from C13. It is situated on a raised roughly circular churchyard and is surrounded by many mature trees, see here. The general appearance is very pleasing. The church is dominated by a granite battlemented of Norman origin. Both church and churchyard contain many ancient engraved slate gravestones, several of which are described in MacLean's book (see above) on the parish. To the South, the church is flanked by two fine listed buildings, The Stables, and The Vicarage, both now private residences.
Many buildings in the conservation area are Grade II listed. For example Stout Cottage, which illustrates the Delabole slate hanging which is a characteristic of the area. Slate hangings are quite an effective way alleviating the problems of damp walls, since there is a gap between slates and wall.
All listed buildings in St Teath are marked in the NCDC Conservation Area document above and many photographed and described on the English Heritage website. Most of the listings are as recent as 1988.
The Community Centre
The Community Centre, another Grade II listed building, started life as a medieval Church House, most likely about 1520 because of the large amount of timber used in the original construction.
Once pews were put into churches about 1480 a.d., there was a problem of space for plays etc. so the Church Houses were built and used for social and Parish events. Incorporated within these buildings would have been a brewhouse and bakery.
In the 18th Century it became a workhouse for the poor of the Parish. 1823 saw the building as a school. In 1875 there were about 60 sons of farmers educated there. Early 1900's it became a home for unmarried mothers
In later years, it was a Carpenter's workshop and then a Men's Institute where Cock Fighting took place, an acceptable pastime in those days.