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Cornish: Lanneves
Lanivet village
Lanivet is located in Cornwall
 Lanivet shown within Cornwall
Population 1,961 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid reference SX039642
Civil parish Lanivet
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BODMIN
Postcode district PL30
Dialling code 01208
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
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Coordinates: 50°26′42″N 4°45′47″W / 50.445°N 4.763°W / 50.445; -4.763

Lanivet (Cornish: Lanneves[1]) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately 2 12 miles (4.0 km) southwest of Bodmin.[2] The Saints' Way long-distance footpath passes Lanivet near its half-way point.

The parish includes the hamlets of Bodwanick, Bokiddick, Lamorick, St Ingunger, Trebell, Tregullon, Tremore, and Woodly. Part of St Lawrence is also in this parish. An electoral ward of the same name surrounds Bodmin. Its population at the 2011 census was 4,241.[3]

Notable buildings and antiquities[edit]

Lanivet Church

In the church are monuments of the Courtenays of Tremere.[4] 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.[5][6] 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.[citation needed] 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.[7] 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.[8]

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.[9]

Thomas Hardy connection[edit]

Thomas Hardy came to Lanivet in August, 1872, to visit the home of Emma Gifford where he was introduced to her parents at Kirland House. He wrote a poem in the same year entitled Near Lanivet.[10]


  1. ^ "List of Place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel". Cornish Language Partnership. May 2014. Retrieved 2015-01-11. 
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011.Retrieved 6 Feb 2015". 
  4. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner(1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed. rev. by E. Radcliffe. Penguin, pp. 91
  5. ^ Langdon, Arthur G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: J. Pollard; pp. 295, 383, 412, 419
  6. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner Cornwall (1970)
  7. ^ Charles Henderson Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 129-30
  8. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner Cornwall (1970); pp. 158-59
  9. ^ Gilbert Hunter Doble, (1970) The Saints of Cornwall: part 5. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 3-29
  10. ^ Millgate, Michael (1982) Thomas Hardy: a Biography Revisited, Oxford U.P. p. 131

External links[edit]

Media related to Lanivet at Wikimedia Commons