St Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel

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St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
St Bartholomew's Church Lostwithiel Cornwall.jpg
St. Bartholomew's Church, Lostwithiel
Coordinates: 50°24′27″N 04°40′09″W / 50.40750°N 4.66917°W / 50.40750; -4.66917
OS grid reference SX 104 598
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication St. Bartholomew
Parish Lostwithiel
Archdeaconry Bodmin
Diocese Truro
Province Canterbury

St Bartholomew's Church is a parish church of the Church of England in Lostwithiel, Cornwall, United Kingdom.


It is a Grade I listed building.[1] It includes a tower from the thirteenth century, a spire added in the early fourteenth century, and an octagonal screen around its foot, with former windows on four of its eight sides. Its magnificent spire, built of Pentewan stone, is the outstanding feature of this sizable town church.[2] 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.[3] The church itself is mainly fourteenth century. 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 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.[2] The restoration cost £1,200 and the church was reopened on 29 May 1879 with a service by Archdeacon Hobhouse.[4]


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.


  1. ^ "Images of England: Church of St Bartholomew, Lostwithiel". Historic England. Retrieved 2008-04-28. 
  2. ^ a b "Restoration of Lostwithiel Parish Church". The Cornishman (13). 10 October 1878. p. 6. 
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; pp. 106-08
  4. ^ "Re-opening of Lostwithiel Church". The Cornishman (47). 5 June 1879. p. 7.