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St Materiana Church, Glebe Church, Tintagel
The parish church of Tintagel, St. Materiana stands alone on Glebe cliff, a steep but pleasant walk through a country lane from Tintagel. An 11th century Norman church, it was built at the orders of Earl Robert, half-brother to William the Conqueror. The site seems to have originally been an oratory in Celtic days itself being replaced by a Saxon church meaning that Christian worship has been offered here for over 1400 years. Its lonely position on the cliff means it can be seen for miles and it is a landmark for sailors. The cross-shaped layout lacks the usual centre tower, the tower rising from the west end instead. Signs of a foundation for a central tower remain, whether this was actually built or later removed is not known. The walls are more than three feet thick made of shillet stone filled in with rubble. The dressed stones around the windows and doors are made of the local greenstone. Amongst its many treasures are a Norman font, three Norman windows, a rood screen from 1500, a memorial stone from 1292, a Roman milestone and a memorial brass from 1430. The churchyard deserves a tour with its buttressed gravestones and memorial to Domenico Catanese, a sailor drowned when a wooden sailing ship sailing from Cardiff to Trinidad was wrecked nearby in 1893.