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Lightning tears gaping hole in church roof near Callington

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: January 23, 2013

  • St Odulphus Church in Pillaton, near Callington, was hit late on Monday night during a fierce storm. Above, Richard Lowther inside the church near the spot where the rubble came crashing through the roof picture: PAUL SLATER

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Parishioners were shocked to find a huge hole in their roof after their church was struck by lightning in Cornwall.

St Odulphus Church in Pillaton, near Callington, was hit late on Monday night during a fierce storm.

A lightening bolt blasted a gaping hole in the roof and left cracks in parts of the building.

Huge splinters of wood were also left precariously dangling into the church below, near to the pulpit.

The storm also hit the nearby pub, The Weary Friar, as debris from the church fell down on to the building.

The church's bell ringing captain Richard Warwick told the BBC that Pillaton residents had been "shaken from their beds" during the storm. He said: "There's pretty major structural damage to the church.

"One of the four pinnacles on the roof, which weigh several tonnes, has exploded and the main part of it has made a huge gaping hole in the body of the main church."

He added: "The main tower looks all right but we've just had them re-furnished for £50,000 so it's a bit of a worry."

The parish church became a listed building in 1968.

It is built from slate-stone rubble with granite dressing.

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