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St Michael, Landrake, Cornwall

(50°25′18″N, 4°17′25″W)
SX 37402 60506
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cornwall
now Cornwall
medieval Exeter
now Truro
  • Richard Jewell
18 Jan 1992

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There are some remains of the Norman cruciform church, which was enlarged in the 15thc. These include the lower part of the S wall of the nave and sanctuary, including the jambs of the original doorway. The Romanesque font of Altarnun type, also survives.


The parish of Landrake was given to Burwhold, Bishop of St Germans, by King Edmund in the 10thc., and the lands remained vested in St Germans Priory after the removal of the see to Exeter. There is no early record of the dedication of the parish church of Landrake; although there was also a chapel of St Erney, now non-existent.


Exterior Features





Sedding says of the font "It is among the earlier examples of its kind, dating from the beginning of the 12thc., and it is similar in type to those at Lewhilton, Warbstowe and Jacobstowe."


P. Beacham and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Cornwall (New Haven and London 2014), pp. 266-67.

C. Henderson, The Cornish Church Guide (London 1925), pp. 100

A Complete Parochial History of the County of Cornwall, vol. II (Truro and London 1868), pp. 97-8

N. Pevsner and E. Radcliffe, The Buildings of England: Cornwall, 2nd ed (Harmondsworth 1970), pp. 87-88.

E. H. Sedding, Norman Architecture in Cornwall: A Handbook to old Cornish ecclesiastical architecture with notes on ancient manor houses (London and Truro 1909), pp. 184-86.