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St Bartholomew's Church

Age group: 12+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: nr Lostwithiel, PL22 0RW

TEL: 01208 873448  


Although St Bartholomew's Church & spire in Lostwithiel, mid Cornwall, is mainly from the 14th Century, the tower actually dates from the 13th Century.


Its magnificent spire is the outstanding feature of what is a sizable church for the size of Lostwithiel. The north side has a St Catherine's Wheel. Unusually for a Cornish church there is a clerestory (of Breton design) above the nave. There are some fine monuments of Georgian period and a brass of 1423.


The East Window is one of the most notable in Cornwall and is the tallest in any of Cornwalls parish churches. The early fourteenth century font is outstanding, with carved figures of a huntsman and hawk, a head with leaves sprouting from its mouth, an evil face, a wolf and hounds, and lions. The oldest memorial in the church is situated in the North Aisle. This is a brass memorial to Tristrim Curteys, M.P. in the 15th Century, dressed in the armour of that time.


Of medieval origin, the alabaster shows the martyrdom of Saint Bartholomew, who is reputed to have been flayed alive! Not only is Bartholomew the patron saint, he is also the patron saint of all tanners, emphasising Lostwithiel's connection with the leather industry.


This ceiling, believed to have been installed in the 18th Century, has particularly fine woodwork and the resulting acoustics are very popular with visiting choirs and orchestras.



Despite their best endeavours, the cost of maintaining this Grade 1 listed building is more than the congregation can raise - you can help them by donating my bewties.

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