St Piran Trust

The St Piran Trust is a non-profit making, charitable trust which was established in 2000 to assess the possibility of reclaiming St Piran’s Oratory from the sand dunes at Perranporth.

The Oratory – believed to be the oldest four-walled Christian edifice on mainland Britain – is a scheduled ancient monument and listed building, and was built by the Cornish saint, St Piran, in the fifth or sixth centuries, according to tradition.

Now – after a 10-year campaign – the St Piran Trust has awarded a contract to Cornwall Council’s Historic Environment Service to start exploratory works, hopefully leading to the full excavation, preservation and interpretation of this historic site. Please see the news section of this website for full details.

Trustee David Barrie is playing a major role in the fund-raising drive to reclaim the Oratory and is hoping to enlist the support of local people and businesses, plus those with second homes or investments in Cornwall and its heritage.

For more details, please see the St Piran Trust website.

For details of how to support the project financially, please see information on how to donate.