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Knill Monument

Knills Monument

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Type: Historic Site

John Knill built his mausoleum in 1782. It is also known as the Knill Steeple or Knill Monument. This mausoleum towers above sea level, is a triangular pyramid of granite some 50 feet high on Worvas Hill close to Carbis Bay which is near St. Ives in the county of Cornwall, England. The words "Resurgam" and the Coat of Arms and Motto - Nil desperandum - of John Knill on one side of the triangle, the second side bears the inscription "I know that my Redeemer liveth" and on the third side is inscribed "Johannes Knill 1782". John Knill fully expected to be buried in his mausoleum as on one side the structure is hollow and contains a stone sarcophagus. However, he died in London on 29th March 1811 and was buried at Holborn but that cemetary was badly bombed in the second world war. Worvas Hill is a lovely place full of rhododendrons bushes and is a joy to see in the Spring time. The view over Carbis Bay is truly spectacular on a beautiful clear sunny day.

Contact Details

Worvis Hill
St. Ives
TR26 2BS

Tel: 0905 252 2250

Opening Times

Open Christmas
Open New Year
1 Jan 2017 - 31 Dec 2017


Event Facilities

  • Free Entry

Key Features

  • In countryside
  • Of historic, literary or architectural interest
  • Outdoor Attraction


  • Guide Dogs Permitted

Establishment Features

  • Dogs Accepted