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Cornish: Lannlyvri
The Crown Inn - - 1237703.jpg
The Crown Inn, Lanlivery
Lanlivery is located in Cornwall
 Lanlivery shown within Cornwall
Population 555 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid reference SX079591
Civil parish Lanlivery
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LOSTWITHIEL[1]
Postcode district PL22 (parish), PL30 (village)
Dialling code 01208
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament South East Cornwall
List of places

Coordinates: 50°24′00″N 4°42′14″W / 50.400°N 4.704°W / 50.400; -4.704

Lanlivery (Cornish: Lannlyvri)[2] is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is about 1 12 miles (2.4 km) west of Lostwithiel and five miles (8 km) south of Bodmin.[3] The Saints' Way runs past Lanlivery.[4] Helman Tor, Red Moor and Breney Common nature reserves lie within the parish.

Churchtown, a holiday centre for adults and children with physical and learning disabilities, is located in Lanlivery and is run by the national charity Vitalise.[5]

Other settlements[edit]

Other settlements in the parish of Lanlivery include Redmoor, Sweetshouse, Milltown and Tangier (now a suburb of Lostwithiel). The manor of Penkneth or Penknight was one of the original 17 Antiqua maneria of the Duchy of Cornwall. (The seal of the borough of Lostwithiel was a shield charged with a castle rising from water between two thistles, in the water two fish, with the legend "Sigillum burgi de Lostwithyel et Penknight in Cornubia".[6]) At Pelyn is a 17th-century house which was formerly the seat of the family of Kendall. It was originally E-shaped but only one side survives and the centre was completely redone in the early Victorian period.[7]

Parish church[edit]

Lanlivery parish church
Lanlivery Board School

The parish church is dedicated to St Brevita or Bryvyth, a saint of whom nothing is known. Evidence for this dedication is found in the will of a vicar of Lanlivery dated 1539.[8] The building was originally cruciform but was enlarged in the 15th century by the addition of a magnificent tower and the south aisle. The churches of Lostwithiel and Luxulyan were originally chapelries dependent on Lanlivery.[9] "One of the great churches of Cornwall" according to John Betjeman.[10]

There is a holy well dedicated to St Bryvyth in woodland just outside the village.[11]


  1. ^ Post towns: LOSTWITHIEL (parish), BODMIN (village)
  2. ^ Place-names in the Standard Written Form (SWF) : List of place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel. Cornish Language Partnership.
  3. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  4. ^ GENUKI website; Lanlivery. Retrieved April 2010.
  5. ^ Vitalise website; Churchtown Centre. Retrieved April 2010.
  6. ^ Pascoe, W. H. (1979). A Cornish Armory. Padstow, Cornwall: Lodenek Press. p. 133. ISBN 0-902899-76-7. 
  7. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., revised by E. Radcliffe. Harmondsworth: Penguin: ; p. 132
  8. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 131
  9. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 131
  10. ^ Betjeman, J. (ed.) (1968) Collins Pocket Guide to English Parish Churches: the South. London: Collins; p. 148
  11. ^ "St Bryvyth's Well Holy Well or Sacred Spring: The Megalithic Portal and Megalith Map:". Retrieved 2015-12-27. 

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