Lewannick

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Lewannick
Lewannick Village Hall - geograph.org.uk - 512764.jpg
Lewannick Village Hall, War Memorial & St. Martin's Church
Lewannick is located in Cornwall
Lewannick
Lewannick
Lewannick shown within Cornwall
Population 970 (United Kingdom Census 2011)
OS grid reference SX276807
Civil parish
  • Lewannick
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Region
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town LAUNCESTON
Postcode district PL15
Dialling code 01566
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
EU Parliament South West England
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50°36′04″N 4°26′17″W / 50.601°N 4.438°W / 50.601; -4.438Coordinates: 50°36′04″N 4°26′17″W / 50.601°N 4.438°W / 50.601; -4.438

Lewannick (/lˈɒnɪk/, Cornish: Lannwenek) is a civil parish and village in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately five miles (8 km) southwest of Launceston.[1] The civil parish had a population of 973 at the 2011 census.[2]

The parish is rural in character and is within the Deanery and Hundred of East. It is bounded on the north by Trewen and South Petherwin, on the east by Lezant, on the south by North Hill and on the west by Altarnun.[3] The parish church is dedicated to St Martin and is located at grid reference SX 2759 8071.

History[edit]

Evidence of early medieval habitation at Lewannick is in the form of two inscribed pillar stones, each having text in both Latin and ogham characters; on the basis of the ogham text, these stones have been dated as having been inscribed between the fifth and sixth centuries. One is located in the village churchyard, and was dedicated to a "Ingenuus"; the other has been moved inside to the church nave, and both texts mention an "Ulcagnus".[4]

Two miles south-west, in the valley of the River Inny, are the fragmentary remains of the medieval Upton Castle.

Arthur Langdon (1896) records two Cornish crosses in the parish: one is Holloway Cross at a road junction one and half miles north of the churchtown; the other is a cross head in the grounds of a house called Trelaske.[5] Trelaske was a country house until it was demolished in the 1950s.[6]

Trekelland Bridge

Trekelland Bridge is a Grade II* listed road bridge over the River Inny probably built in 1504. This may be the bridge near Launceston for which Bishop Oldham issued an indulgence in 1504. It has two large arches and a smaller arch and is built of granite ashlar. It is one of the best-preserved and most beautiful of Cornish medieval bridges.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ "Parish Population 2011". Retrieved 10 February 2015. 
  3. ^ GENUKI website; Lewannick; retrieved April 2010
  4. ^ See the discussion and bibliography in Elisabeth Okasha, Corpus of Early Christian Inscribed stones of South-west Britain (Leicester: University Press, 1993), pp. 146-53
  5. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 166 & 185
  6. ^ Beacham, Peter & Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014) Cornwall. (The Buildings of England.) New Haven: Yale University Press; p. 305
  7. ^ Beacham (2014), p. 305

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