St Nicholas and St Faith, Saltash

Facilities | Events | Pre-School | History | Map

Regular Services

Sundays: 
8am Holy Communion – third Sunday of the month
10am Holy Communion – 1st to 4th Sundays

On fifth Sundays there is just one service in the Area Ministry. It is a United Service at 10am and rotates around four of the churches. Please check the calendar to see where it next takes place and for any service changes.

Baptisms, Weddings, Funerals

  • To make general enquiries please ring the Team office on 01752 844456 or use the contact form.
  • To enquire about a wedding, please ring Reverend Diane Burrows on 07836 776360 or email Di.
  • To enquire about baptism, please ring Reverend Pam Sellix on 01579 363464.
  • To enquire about a funeral, please ring Reverend Pam Sellix on 01579 363464.

More information on:
Baptisms – Weddings – Funerals

The Church Hall

The hall is available for private hire on Saturdays including for wedding receptions. Ring Margaret Evans on 01752 844141 or use the contact form for further information.

Facilities

  • The church seats around 200 people.
  • There are books and toys for children, a new children’s area is in the planning stage.
  • There are toilets.
  • There is disabled access.
  • There is very limited on-street parking, but there is a large car park opposite (free after 4pm and on Sundays).

Events

We have an active social committee and all are welcome to any of our events. Please look at the event list or calendar for up to date news.

St Nicholas and St Faith Pre-School

The pre-school operates from the church hall and enclosed rear garden. More details can be found here.

History

Below is a short history, more information can be found in the booklet available from the back of the church for a donation to church funds..

The Borough of Saltash was founded by one of the de Valletorts, Lords of Trematon Castles, in the mid 12th century. The founder provided a large chapel for the inhabitants. It was erected beside the central market square of the new town. The Chapel was dedicated to St Nichols, patron Saint of travellers, sailors and safe journeys etc – appropriate for a place where an ancient highway crossed an important estuary by means of a ferry.

For more than 700 years St Nicholas’s Chapel was a chapel-of-ease, subordinate to the Mother Church of Stephen, although baptismal rights were acquired before the end of the Medieval period.

During the 17th, 18th  and 19th   centuries, Saltash Corporation increasingly took control, designating the building “the Corporation Chapel” and appointing Chaplains. There were many disputes, one case even reaching the Court of Arches, Canterbury, in 1752. The Chapel had no burial ground; until 1864 the Corporation permitted members of prominent families to be interred .

In 1881, at the request of the Ecclesiastical Commissioners, and the Bishop of Truro, the Privy Council made an Order by which the chapel became a Parish Church. The boundary of the new parish followed the borough boundary of that time. The Order did not cover the questions of ownership and control of the building; discord continued until an agreement was reached between the Corporation and the Church Authorities in 1923.

The 1881 Order described the building as the Church of Nicholas and St Faith. St Faith was included because The Revd, Julian Moreton (last chaplain and first vicar) assumed that the chapel of St Faith at Saltash, licensed in 1435, was part of St Nicholas’ Chapel. In fact, the medieval St Faith’s Chapel was situated elsewhere in the town.

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