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The church of St. Hilary, situated on an eminence, and rebuilt in 1853, is an edifice of granite, i the Decorated style, from designs by Mr. W. White, architect, and consists of chancel with aisles and arcades of three arches, nave of four bays, quasi-transepts, aisles, south porch and a western tower with spire 78 feet high, and containing 3 bells, two dated 1674 and one dated 1804; the previous church, erected in the reign of Henry VII in the Perpendicular style was destroyed by fire on the night of Good Friday, 1853, the small tower which originally belonged to the cruciform church of the reign of Edward III, along escaping : two inscribed stone then found in the old walls are now placed near the south entrance; one of these, though much worn, is believed to read thus :-"Imp. Caes. Flav. Val. Constantino Pio. Nob. Caes. Divi. Constantini Pii. Avg. Filio:" in 1863 a memorial windows was erected in the south aisle to John Maughan Connell, buried at Montmartre,
Paris, 16 Sept. 1845: in 1891 a memorial east window was erected to the Rev. Sampson Kingford M.A. for 20 years vicar of this parish (1870-90): there are 450 sittings: the churchyard is exceptionally distinguished by its numerous and costly tombs and monuments, including one to the family of Davies, 1699, and others of modern date to those of Penneck, Blewett, Cole, Maugham, Millett and others; interments have ceased except under certain conditions. The register dates from the year 1692.