St Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel

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St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
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St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel is located in Cornwall
St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
Location within Cornwall
50°24′27″N 04°40′09″W / 50.40750°N 4.66917°W / 50.40750; -4.66917Coordinates: 50°24′27″N 04°40′09″W / 50.40750°N 4.66917°W / 50.40750; -4.66917
OS grid referenceSX 104 598
LocationLostwithiel, Cornwall
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationSt. Bartholomew
Heritage designationGrade I listed[1]
Spire height113 feet (34 m)[2]
DeaneryTrigg Minor and Bodmin[3]

St Bartholomew's Church is a parish church of the Church of England Diocese of Truro in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, England, United Kingdom.[4]


The earliest part of the church is the tower which dates from the 13th century. The spire was added in the early 14th century, and the rest of the church dates from the later 14th century.

The spire has an octagonal screen around its foot, with former windows on four of its eight sides. Built of Pentewan stone, is the outstanding feature of this sizable town church.[5] The north side has a St Catherine's Wheel. Unusually for a Cornish church there is a clerestory above the nave. There are some fine monuments of Georgian period and a brass of 1423.[4] The east window of five lights is one of the most notable in Cornwall, of the same date as the spire. The early fourteenth century font is outstanding, with carved figures of a huntsman and hawk, a head with leaves sprouting from its mouth, an evil face, a wolf and hounds, and lions.

The church was restored in 1878 and 1879 by a Lostwithiel firm of builders, Messrs Phelp and Brown. The architect for the work was Mr Clark of London.[6] The exterior of the building was renovated, plaster ceiling removed and the interior was stripped of ″pew monstrosities″. An open-timbered roof of pitch pine was erected along with new floors and the new carvings was carried out by Harry Hems of Ecclesiastical Art Works, Exeter.[5] The restoration cost £1,200 (equivalent to £119,800 in 2018),[7] and the church was reopened on 29 May 1879 with a service by Archdeacon Hobhouse.[8]

In 1894 the organ was enlarged, and this required the construction of a new vestry for the clergy and choir in the north-west corner under the spire.[9] This was designed by Edmund Sedding and built at a cost of £200 (equivalent to £22,400 in 2018).[7]


The organ was built by Brewer of Truro c.1888, using pipes from an earlier manual organ by Alexander Buckingham in 1828. It has subsequently been restored by Osmonds of Taunton and, in 1992, by Lance Foy of Truro. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


The tower contains a peal of 6 bells by Gillett & Johnston dating from 1924.[10]

Parish status[edit]

The church is in a joint benefice with:


In the churchyard is a grave of a member of the Hext family with a medieval lantern cross mounted on a modern shaft. The cross head was found in the 19th century at an unknown location and in 1882 set up in the churchyard. It was later moved to its present position.[11]


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church of St Bartholomew  (Grade I) (1327333)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  2. ^ "Lostwithiel Church". Western Morning Newss. England. 19 September 1893. Retrieved 11 May 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  3. ^ "Lostwithiel: St Bartholomew". A Church Near You. The Church of England. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  4. ^ a b Beacham, Peter; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2014). The Buildings of England. Cornwall. Yale University Press. p. 323. ISBN 9780300126686.
  5. ^ a b "Restoration of Lostwithiel Parish Church". The Cornishman (13). 10 October 1878. p. 6.
  6. ^ "Lostwithiel Church". Royal Cornwall Gazette. England. 30 May 1879. Retrieved 11 May 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  7. ^ a b UK Retail Price Index inflation figures are based on data from Clark, Gregory (2017). "The Annual RPI and Average Earnings for Britain, 1209 to Present (New Series)". MeasuringWorth. Retrieved 27 January 2019.
  8. ^ "Re-opening of Lostwithiel Church". The Cornishman (47). 5 June 1879. p. 7.
  9. ^ "Lostwithiel Church". Royal Cornwall Gazette. England. 29 March 1894. Retrieved 11 May 2019 – via British Newspaper Archive.
  10. ^ "Lostwithiel S Bartholomew". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Dovemaster. 6 June 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2019.
  11. ^ Langdon, A. G. (2002) Stone Crosses in Mid Cornwall; 2nd ed. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies; p. 52