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St Michael, Lawhitton, Cornwall

(50°37′11″N, 4°19′26″W)
SX 357 826
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Cornwall
now Cornwall
medieval Truro
now Truro
  • Richard Jewell

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Feature Sets

St Michael's is a small church built on an unusual plan. The 13thc tower stands in the place of a S transept, which also has a 15thc. porch. Most of the decorative features, such as the tracery, are Perpendicular. The only Romanesque sculpture in the church is a 12thc font.


Although the Domesday Survey does not mention a church in Lawhitton, the village was quite a large and valuable settlement at the time of the conquest. The lord in 1066 and in 1086 was the Bishop of Exeter. Pevsner also mentions that Lawhitton was given to the Bishop of Sherborne by King Egbert in 830, further underlining its very long history.





F. Arnold-Forster. Studies in Church Dedications. London (1899), 177.

N.Pevsner, Cornwall: The Buildings of England. London (2014), 300-301.