Skip to Content


Church Micro 7419...Perranzabuloe - Old St Piran

A cache by auntymajulie Send Message to Owner Message this owner
Hidden : 03/01/2015
2.5 out of 5
3.5 out of 5

Size: Size: small (small)

Join now to view geocache location details. It's free!


How Geocaching Works

Please note Use of services is subject to the terms and conditions in our disclaimer.

Geocache Description:

Church Micro 7419...Perranzabuloe - Old St Piran    

St Piran's Oratory  is believed to be built in the 6th century  in the sand dunes commonly known as Penhale Sands. Also known as The Lost Church A compact building measuring around 9 metres x 5.5 metres with a small nave and chancel  The Oratory was abandoned in the 10th century because the drifting sand was continually burying it.   Persistent flooding led to the construction in 1910 of a concrete ‘shell’ encasing the oratory and various consolidation measures such as internal buttresses and a concrete floor. This did little to alleviate flooding and an alternative solution in 1980 resulted in the partial demolition of the concrete structure and its infilling with sand in order to stabilise the building.  St Piran’s Oratory, has been excavated by a group of almost 100 volunteers who worked to dig the site by hand, revealing it for the first time in more than 100 years.   The legend of St Piran arriving in Cornwall believes he landed on the shore at Perran beach having been cast off from Ireland by the then King, with a millstone around his neck. On arriving in Perran he proceeded to build an Oratory in the Irish Style.      St Piran's Day St Piran's Day is celebrated all over Cornwall on the 5th March  In Perranzabuloe Parish it is marked by a march across the dunes to St Piran's Oratory for a special service.                                                 The The listed co-ordinates are for St Piran's Church (The Lost Church) the cache is not at this location . to find the cache you will need to visit the site to collect some information then simply work out the co-ordinates there is a information board near the remains of the church what year was skeletons uncovered 191A=A Very close by is a Red & White striped warning sign How many soldiers do you see on the sign x 3 minus1 =B Close by on top of the sand dune. How many crosses do you see = C On the information board at the bottom right hand corner it says Design Services E????? D = 2nd E = 4th -5th - 2nd. F = 3rd - 5th Final Coordinates N 50 21.ABC W 005 08.DEF   .   “If anybody would like to expand  this series please do, I would just ask that you could let Sadexploration know first at so he can keep track of the Church numbers and names to avoid duplication. There is also a Church Micro Stats & Information page found via the Bookmark list”

Additional Hints (Decrypt)


Decryption Key


(letter above equals below, and vice versa)



90 Logged Visits

Found it 74     Didn't find it 6     Write note 7     Temporarily Disable Listing 1     Enable Listing 1     Publish Listing 1     

View Logbook | View the Image Gallery of 17 images

**Warning! Spoilers may be included in the descriptions or links.

Current Time:
Last Updated:
Rendered From:Unknown
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum

Return to the Top of the Page

Reviewer notes

Use this space to describe your geocache location, container, and how it's hidden to your reviewer. If you've made changes, tell the reviewer what changes you made. The more they know, the easier it is for them to publish your geocache. This note will not be visible to the public when your geocache is published.