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Cornish: Lysnowyth
Lesnewth is located in Cornwall
 Lesnewth shown within Cornwall
Population 60 (Civil Parish, 2011)[1]
OS grid reference SX131903
Civil parish Lesnewth
Unitary authority Cornwall
Ceremonial county Cornwall
Region South West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL35
Dialling code 01840
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
UK Parliament North Cornwall
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Coordinates: 50°40′59″N 4°38′49″W / 50.683°N 4.647°W / 50.683; -4.647

Lesnewth (Cornish: Lysnowyth)[2] is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is about six miles east of Tintagel Head and two miles east of Boscastle.[3]

The parish is bounded on the north by St Juliot, on the east by St Juliot and Davidstow, on the south by Davidstow, and on the west by Minster, Cornwall. It is a small sparsely populated parish set in farmland with only a few houses, farms and a church.[4] Lesnewth manor is mentioned in the Domesday Survey of 1086, as Lisniwen.[5] Lesnewth was also the name of one of ten ancient administrative shires of Cornwall: see Lesnewth (hundred).

Lesnewth lies within the Cornwall Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Almost a third of Cornwall has AONB designation, with the same status and protection as a National Park.

Notable buildings[edit]

The oldest buildings of Lesnewth include the Church, the Rectory, the Mill and Penpol, the latter of which is believed to be the original farmhouse to the surrounding north facing valley side. These buildings date back over 400 years, although there is believed to have been settlement in this area and on the opposing side of the Valency Valley for over 1000 years. The Church of St Michael was in part rebuilt by J. P. St Aubyn about 1865 though the tower is mediaeval.


The name is of Cornish origin and means 'New Court' (that is a chieftain's estate): the 'Old Court' was at Helstone near Camelford (Hen-lis, -ton being a Saxon addition) once known as Helston-in-Trigg in distinction to Helston-in-Kerrier.


External links[edit]

Media related to Lesnewth at Wikimedia Commons