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Church of St Michael, Landrake (geograph 3698887).jpg
St Michael's Church, Landrake
Landrake is located in Cornwall
Location within Cornwall
Population1,082 (2011 UK census)
OS grid referenceSX374606
Civil parish
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townSALTASH
Postcode districtPL12
Dialling code01752
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
EU ParliamentSouth West England
UK Parliament
List of places
50°25′21″N 4°17′23″W / 50.4225°N 4.2896°W / 50.4225; -4.2896Coordinates: 50°25′21″N 4°17′23″W / 50.4225°N 4.2896°W / 50.4225; -4.2896

Landrake (Cornish: Lannergh) is a village in southeast Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated approximately three miles (5 km) west of Saltash in the civil parish of Landrake with St Erney (where the population of the 2011 census was included.).[1] The A38 road passes through the village.[2]

Landrake has a post office and shop, a pub named the Bullers Arms and Sir Robert Geffery's School, a primary school. The school takes its name from Landrake-born Sir Robert Geffery who, in 1704, bequeathed money to set up a trust to educate children of the parish.[3]


Monumental brass of Edward Courtenay (d. 1509/10) of Landrake, 2nd son of Sir William I Courtenay (d. 1485) of Powderham, Devon. Landrake Church[4]

Landrake Church is dedicated to St Michael. It stands on a hill and the tower is 100 ft high. Parts of the building are Norman but the majority is of the 15th century. There is a brass to Edward Cowrtney, 1509.[5] The church is a Grade I listed building, having been so designated on 23 January 1968.[6]

King Edmund gave the parish of Landerch to Bishop Burhwold in exchange for land in Devon;[7] in 1018 this gift was confirmed by King Cnut who declared the gift had really been for the benefit of the monastery of St Germans where the bishop had his see. The gift included the parish of Landrake with its chapel of St Erney; these continued to be held by the monastery after the see was moved to Devon. In 1269 a vicarage was established whereby the vicar received the small tithes of Landrake and St Erney and the great tithe was kept by the monastery.[8]

Notable people[edit]

Francis Rous, an English politician, prominent Puritan and Provost of Eton spent some years at Landrake. For some years he lived there in seclusion and occupied himself with theological studies.[9]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ "THE VILLAGE OF LANDRAKE". BBC - Domesday Reloaded: THE VILLAGE OF LANDRAKE. 1986. Retrieved 2016-08-22.
  3. ^ Welcome to Sir Robert Geffery's School Sir Robert Geffery's School website; retrieved April 2010
  4. ^ Dunkin, E. H. W. The Monumental Brasses of Cornwall, 1882, pp. 24-5 & plate XXI
  5. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 87-88
  6. ^ "Church of St Michael, Landrake with St Erney". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  7. ^ It is not known when the bishop became bishop of Cornwall, the earliest possible date is 1002.
  8. ^ Cornish Church Guide. Blackford. 1925. p. 126.
  9. ^ s:Rous, Francis (DNB00)