St Martin-by-Looe

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Coordinates: 50°22′08″N 4°26′42″W / 50.369°N 4.445°W / 50.369; -4.445

The church of St Martin-by-Looe

St Martin-by-Looe (Cornish: Penndrumm) is a coastal civil parish in south Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The parish is immediately east of the town and parish of Looe, seven miles (11 km) south of Liskeard.[1] The parish is in the Liskeard Registration District and the population in the 2001 census was 321, increasing to 429 at the 2011 census.[2]

To the north, the parish is bordered by Morval parish, to the east by Deviock parish, to the west by Looe parish and to the south by the sea. Until 1845 the parish also included East Looe.

The parish church of St Martin of Tours stands outside the civil parish in the hamlet of St Martin at OS Grid Ref SXSX259550 about a mile north of Looe town centre. Its Norman doorway is built of Tartan Down stone[3] and probably dates from about 1140. The interior of the church is of typically 15th century appearance, but parts of the building are considerably older.[4] Thomas Bond, the topographer is buried in the churchyard.[5]

Jonathan Toup, classical scholar, was presented on 28 July 1750 to the rectory of St Martin and held it until his death in 1785.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ "Parish population 2011". Retrieved 13 February 2015. 
  3. ^ From Tartan Down, Landrake
  4. ^ Trevaldwyn, B. W. J.; Picken, W. M. M. (1985). Parish Church of St. Martin-by-Looe. Liskeard: Breton Press. p. 4. 
  5. ^ John Westby-Gibson, ‘Bond, Thomas (1765–1837)’, rev. Christine North, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 23 Jan 2009

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