Porthia is St Ives in English. The Cornish word is made up of porth meaning ‘harbour’ or ‘cove’ and Saint Ia. She was an Irish saint who came over to Kernow (Cornwall) on a leaf or possibly a coracle.


The church is in the centre of the town, close to the harbour and the memorial garden. Very quiet.

Saint Ia from Smeaton’s Pier

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  1. joannesisco says:

    The church has the look of a fortress! I particularly like the photo of the clock tower bordered with the pink flowers – that’s the closest I get to plant identification 😉

    1. Heyjude says:

      Well it needs to be sturdy given its location! The pink flowers are Oxalis or Pink Sorrel I believe. They are pretty.

    2. Heyjude says:

      I should look at the photos better before I comment! The pink flowers which look like on a tree on the tower photo, could actually be Valerian growing out of a wall as I took this photo from quite high up in the town. I shall have to go back to the folder and see if I have any other shots.

      1. joannesisco says:

        I had to go back and look at the photo again. Now I can see why you think they’re growing along a wall. On second look, it does look like a vine of sorts.

        1. Heyjude says:

          Well I have tracked down where it is growing from, there is a garden above that street and the wall is very high. Next time I am in St Ives I shall go and investigate what grows there, of course if it isn’t in flower now I might have to wait until next year to ID it!

  2. beetleypete says:

    I have rarely seen a church so close to the sea, Jude. Very interesting, and nice shots too, of course.
    Regards as always, Pete. x

    1. Heyjude says:

      We even have supermarkets with sea views Pete. Puts a whole new perspective on grocery shopping 😀

  3. Sue says:

    What time of year, Jude?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Mostly May I think, there may be a couple of photos from June.

      1. Sue says:

        OK, you have confirmed my suspicions….didn’t look like high summer

        1. Heyjude says:

          I haven’t been near the town since July! I must though as the lighthouse has had a paint job.

        2. Sue says:

          Brave the traffic!

    2. Heyjude says:

      I might take the train in next week.

      1. Sue says:

        Sounds a wise idea!

  4. jennypellett says:

    Lovely lovely lovely!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Thank you Jenny 🙂

  5. Beautiful church, Jude. I love the blue and white lilies. Is this s mural?

    1. Heyjude says:

      No, just me messing about again 🙂 It would make a good mural though. As are the daisies!

      1. 😆 What fun you have!

        1. Heyjude says:

          Sad isn’t it? 🙂

  6. Thank you for bringing this church to the fore for me since I live in Oregon-lovely photos.

  7. restlessjo says:

    She came over on a leaf from where? 🙂

  8. restlessjo says:

    Sorry! Ireland, of course! The whimsy got to me 🙂

    1. Heyjude says:

      Lots of saints came over from Ireland. Not all on leaves coracles. Obviously the heathen Cornishmen needed bringing under control 😉

      1. restlessjo says:

        Obviously needing your influence 🙂 🙂

  9. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Lots to love here Jude, the last one on the left is fab!

    1. Heyjude says:

      I do like a wrought-iron gate 🙂

  10. So many beautiful scenes. I love the idea of sailing from Ireland to Cornwall on a leaf. She would have to be a saint to manage that!

    1. Heyjude says:

      Too right. I wouldn’t like to sail across the Irish Sea on anything!

  11. simoneharch says:

    Hi Jude, I know the church well, your photographs – I particularly like the wrought iron gate (would like one of those myself!) – are lovely as always. I wasn’t aware of the history behind the name, so thank you! Simone

    1. Heyjude says:

      You are welcome Simone 🙂

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