Elm Tree Cottage is a Grade II listed thatched cottage situated on the village square in Marhamchurch, just opposite the lovely St. Marwenne's Church and the War Memorial.

Despite extensive research by SPI there is little documented history on the property! We do believe this cottage may have been occupied by various farm hands and tradesmen over the years.

The usual suspects! View of the square pre-war memorial. The village school is hidden in the gap on the right and the large elm tree, which gave its name to Elm Tree Cottage is still in evidence.

Church History

The name derives from the Celtic Saint Marwenne (Morwenna) who is thought to have founded a hermitage here around the end of the fifth century. Marwenne was one of the twenty-four children of St Brychan, a Welsh saint and king.

Marhamchurch parish church is dedicated to St Marwenne. Most of the present church is of the 14th century; in the 15th century an aisle and porch were added. In the early 15th century the existence of an anchorite's cell occupied by an anchoress called Cecilia Moys is recorded. Features of interest include the four-holed cresset stone and a Norman quarter-capital (though this is unlikely to be a fragment of the Norman church which may have preceded the present building). St Marwenne was probably the same as Morwenna of Morwenstow. In the 9th century the district was probably on the border between Cornwall and Devon and the farms in the parish have Saxon names unlike those of Poundstock on the other side of the River Neet.