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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 all Cornish people, whether at home or outside Cornwall and people who wish Cornwall and the Cornish well.

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Last update: 19 February 2014

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