Lanivet shown within Cornwall
|Population||1,844 (Civil Parish, 2001)|
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|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Police||Devon and Cornwall|
|EU Parliament||South West England|
|UK Parliament||North Cornwall|
Lanivet (Cornish: Lanneves) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately 2 1⁄2 miles (4.0 km) southwest of Bodmin. The Saints' Way long-distance footpath passes Lanivet near its half-way point.
Notable buildings and antiquities
In the church are monuments of the Courtenays of Tremere. In the churchyard are two ancient stone crosses and a rare example of a hogback grave dating from Viking times. Langdon (1896) also records the existence of four more stone crosses in the parish. About a quarter of a mile from the church are the remains of St. Benet's, a monastery of the Benedictine order, said to have been subordinate to Monte Cassino, in Italy, or according to others, Clairvaux in Burgundy. It was founded as a lazar house in 1411 and during the 15th century a chapel with a tower and an adjacent longhouse were built. The building work was not complete by 1430; it is mentioned in a document of 1535. The tower and longhouse are mentioned by Charles Henderson as being still in existence; he refutes the idea of it as an abbey. After the Reformation it became the home of the Courtenay family; the present house looks 19th century with 15th century windows built into the facade.
St Ingunger, in the parish, is said to have been the residence of the hermit, Saint Congar of Congresbury, in the early 6th century. Churches dedicated to him may also be found in Brittany and Cornwall.
Thomas Hardy connection
- Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
- Nikolaus Pevsner(1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. rev. by E. Radcliffe. Penguin, pp. 91
- Langdon, Arthur G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: J. Pollard; pp. 295, 383, 412, 419
- Nikolaus Pevsner Cornwall (1970)
- Charles Henderson Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 129-30
- Nikolaus Pevsner Cornwall (1970); pp. 158-59
- Gilbert Hunter Doble, (1970) The Saints of Cornwall: part 5. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 3-29
- Millgate, Michael (1982) Thomas Hardy: a Biography Revisited, Oxford U.P. p. 131
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