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Cornish: Lannlyvri
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The Crown Inn, Lanlivery
Grid reference: SX079591
Location: 50°24’-0"N, 4°42’14"W
Population: 555  (2011)
Post town: Bodmin
Postcode: PL30
Dialling code: 01208
Local Government
Council: Cornwall
South East Cornwall

Lanlivery is a village in Cornwall, about a mile and a half west of Lostwithiel and five miles south of Bodmin.

The Saints' Way long-distance footpath runs past Lanlivery. Helman Tor, Red Moor and Breney Common nature reserves lie within the parish.

Churchtown, a holiday centre for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, is located in Lanlivery and is run by the national charity Vitalise.[1]

Other settlements

Other settlements in the parish of Lanlivery include Redmoor, Sweetshouse, Milltown and Tangier (now a suburb of Lostwithiel). The manor of Penkneth or Penknight was one of the original 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall. (The seal of the borough of Lostwithiel was a shield charged with a castle rising from water between two thistles, in the water two fish, with the legend "Sigillum burgi de Lostwithyel et Penknight in Cornubia".[2]) At Pelyn is a 17th-century house which was formerly the seat of the family of Kendall. It was originally E-shaped but only one side survives and the centre was completely redone in the early Victorian period.[3]

Parish church

Lanlivery parish church
Lanlivery Boarding School

The parish church is dedicated to St Brevita or Bryvyth, a saint of whom nothing is known. Evidence for this dedication is found in the will of a vicar of Lanlivery dated 1539.[4] The building was originally cruciform but was enlarged in the 15th century by the addition of a magnificent tower and the south aisle. The churches of Lostwithiel and Luxulyan were originally chapelries dependent on Lanlivery.[5] "One of the great churches of Cornwall" according to John Betjeman.[6]

There is a holy well dedicated to St Bryvyth in woodland just outside the village.[7]

Outside links

("Wikimedia Commons" has material
about Lanlivery)


  1. Vitalise website; Churchtown Centre. Retrieved April 2010.
  2. Pascoe, W. H. (1979). A Cornish Armory. Padstow, Cornwall: Lodenek Press. p. 133. ISBN 0-902899-76-7. 
  3. Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by E. Radcliffe. Harmondsworth: Penguin: ; p. 132
  4. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 131
  5. Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 131
  6. Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 148
  7. Megalithic Portal: St Bryvyth's Well Holy Well or Sacred Spring