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Cornish: Lannseles
Launcells is located in Cornwall
 Launcells shown within Cornwall
Population 563 (2001)
OS grid reference SS265061
Civil parish Launcells
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BUDE
Postcode district EX23
Dialling code 01288
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
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Coordinates: 50°49′41″N 4°27′54″W / 50.828°N 4.465°W / 50.828; -4.465

Launcells (Cornish: Lannseles) is a hamlet and civil parish in north-east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is located three miles (5 km) east of Bude.

The civil parish contains other settlements of Red Post and Grimscott. In 2001, 563 people lived within the civil parish.


The River Tamar forms the eastern boundary of the civil parish, as well as the Cornish boundary with Devon.

Parish church[edit]

St Swithin's Church in summer

The parish church is dedicated to St Swithin: nearby, in the wooded valley is the holy well of St Swithin. There are two aisles but the arcades differ: while the north is of granite the south is of older Polyphant stone. The fine series of over 60 benchends is from the same workshop as those of Kilkhampton and Poughill. Other features of interest are the medieval wall painting and the tomb of Sir John Chamond, 1624.[1]

The church also features an unusual post-reformation wall painting dating between 1680-1690.

Charles Henderson writing in 1925 gives the dedication as to St Andrew. The origin of the name Launcells is probably from Lan- and a personal name Kellys. In the early Middle Ages the church belonged to Hartland Abbey and there are records of a dispute over the building of the chancel in 1382 which required episcopal intervention. Unusually for a Cornish church it has not been affected by Victorian or later restorations.[2]


  1. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 95
  2. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 136-37

External links[edit]

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