St Keverne is reputed to be the largest village on the Lizard peninsula. The tall steeple of its church tower has provided a landmark for ships for many a century. In fact the Manacle rocks, that lie just off the coast, are probably named from St Keverne church. (Manacles: Church Rocks) Unlike most other places in Cornwall the village has been built around a central square.
Historically, St Keverne seems to have been quite a centre for unrest; the Cornish rebellion of 1497 started here and was led by the local blacksmith Michael An Gof who is commemorated by a statue in the village. The protest was against Henry VII attempting to impose a war tax on the poor tin miners of Cornwall. The village was again up in arms in 1549 when the church authorities attempted to force the Cornish-speaking locals to use the new English Prayer Book.
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