St Swithin's Church, Launcells, in summer
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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.
The church also features an unusual post-Reformation wall painting which has been dated 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.
- "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 10 February 2015.
- Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 95
- Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 136-37
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