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The St Piran Trust is a non-profit-making charitable Trust which is committed to the development, protection and good administration of the historic sites on Gear Sands connected with St Piran. The Trust will promote awareness of the cultural, educational, historic and scientific significance of those sites for Cornwall and for Europe.

The Objectives of the St. Piran Trust are:

  • To uncover the Oratory of St Piran on Gear Sands, with the support and cooperation of all interested bodies.
    The Oratory of St. Piran is one of the oldest Christian edifices in the British Isles and has been consigned to the sands since 1980.

  • To protect, preserve, maintain and administer the Oratory, the site surrounding the Oratory, and access to the site.
    The Oratory was buried to protect its fabric in the absence of public commitment to protect and make it accessible.  The Trust will ensure that once uncovered it will be protected and properly managed.

  • To develop, protect, preserve, maintain and administer the Church of St Piran, the site surrounding the Church, and access to the site.
    The Trust, in partnership with others, has excavated the Second Church and put it into sound condition.

  • To promote the cultural, historical and educational significance of the sites of the Oratory and the Church in an inclusive manner, relevant to all the population of Cornwall and other interested people.
    In addition to the Oratory and the Church, the Trust has taken charge of the maintenance of Perran Round, the Mediaeval Playing Place or Plen-an-gwary, one of the best preserved Playing Places in Britain, which had been neglected and covered in woodland scrub, gorse and brambles.  Our ambition is to see performances in the Round once again.  We invest in representing the three sites to all who are interested. 

  • To support schools, educational and cultural organisations so that they can promote greater awareness of Cornish and Celtic culture and history.
    The Trust will provide speakers and other resources to organisations that are involved in promoting Cornish history and culture.

Click here to read the Management Plan

We work in partnership with many bodies and are an inclusive organisation without affiliation to interest groups or political parties, being concerned only to achieve our objectives for the benefit of sll Cornish people, whether at home or outside Cornwall and people who wish Cornwall and the Cornish well.


   Perran Penrose (Chairman)
Ian Saltern (Company Secretary)
Colin Retallick (Company Treasurer)

Eileen Carter, Margaret Flannery, Angela Penrose, Neil Plummer, Alastair Quinnell,  Donald Rawe, Helen Rawe, Priscilla Oates, Ken Yeo

Grantors, Sponsors & Donors Lists

We wish to thank the firms, corporate bodies and private people who have given sponsorship in varying degrees. Without this help we would not exist.  The list is not yet complete so if you are a sponsor, apologies, don't fret your name will get here dreckly.

St. Piran's Oratory-Chapel Excavation Grants
Stage 1
Heritage Lottery Fund   £18,600
Cornwall Heritage Trust  £12,392
Cornwall Council  £  2,500
Duke of Cornwall's Benevolent Fund £     200
The Trust has been raising money to provide the necessary match funding.  We are contributing the balance of £6,000, and need to continue to raise funds for the development of the Round and the maintenance of the Old Church, as well as for the future work on the Oratory.  People wishing to help by way of donation can send cheques made payable to St. Piran Trust, 2 Corner Gardens, Stratton, Cornwall, EX23 9DW.
Doble Foods  St Agnes
Rodda's Creamery Scorrier
Callestock Cider Farm Callestick
Penventon Hotel Redruth
Gwynn Ha Du Liskeard
Silverbow Holiday Park Goonhavern
Haven Leisure Holiday Park  Perranporth
Cornwall Council
Perranzabuloe Parish Council
Perranporth Garden Trustees
TSW Westcountry
Pilgrim Trust

Sponsors of the Perpetual Calendar

Delabole Slate
Wing of St. Mawes
Rowes Honda Truro
Roddas Cornish Clotted Cream
Driftwood Spars Hotel
The Cornish Cyder Farm
The Chough Bakery
Sharp's Brewery
Geevor Tin Mine
Blue Hills Tin Streams
Chenoweth's Garage
Rhos Construction.
Donations to the Trust
Name Amount Thanks 
Dr J H & Mrs C H Chesterfield £15.00
Mrs Vanessa Beeman £20.00 14/04/2009
CP & DC Jones £20.00 16/04/2009
John Pearce £100.00 16/04/2009
R C Bailey £10.00 16/04/2009
Bredereth Sen Jago £100.00 01/05/2009
Mrs VC Humphries £5.00 01/05/2009
Celtic Congress £100.00 11/05/2009
Philip Pearce £12.50 11/05/2009
Sister Morris £5.00 11/05/2009
Brondan McMahon £10.00 01/06/2009
Lance Dyer £12.00 01/06/2009
Cordelia Meister £10.00 08/06/2009
Shelagh Garrard £20.00 08/06/2009
Mrs C J Maslova
Alan Richards & Bridge Friends