St Cleer

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Coordinates: 50°29′12″N 4°28′20″W / 50.48667°N 4.47222°W / 50.48667; -4.47222

St Cleer holy well
St Cleer
St Cleer Parish Church

St Cleer (Cornish: Ryskarasek) is a civil parish and village in east Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated on the southeast flank of Bodmin Moor approximately two miles (3 km) north of Liskeard.[1]

The population of the parish in 2001 numbered 3257.[2] This had increased to 3,339 at the 2011 census.[3] An electoral ward also exists. The population at the 2011 census is 4,366.[4]

Parish church[edit]

St Cleer parish church, at an elevation of approximately 690 feet (210 metres), is dedicated to Saint Clarus. Its three-stage tower is 97 feet (30 metres) high and contains a ring of six bells.[2][5] First built in 800 but rebuilt in the 13th century, the tower suffered damage and was repaired in the 15th century.

St Clarus was an Englishman who went to Cornwall to preach to the inhabitants in the 8th century. He founded the church of St Cleer and lived a saintly life nearby. However he rejected the advances of a local chieftainess who had fallen in love with him and when she continued to pester him he fled to France where he lived in an isolated hermitage. The enraged woman had him pursued and then murdered. The place he had lived was afterwards named Saint-Clair-sur-Epte. The saint's feast day is 4 November.[6]

Prehistoric and medieval remains[edit]

Trethevy Quoit is a megalithic chamber tomb, and the Doniert Stone an inscribed stone of the Anglo-Saxon period. Near the churchyard is St Cleer's holy well with a small building covering it, built of granite in the 15th century, to allow for a bowssening pool for total immersion.


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 201 Plymouth & Launceston ISBN 978-0-319-23146-3
  2. ^ a b GENUKI - St Cleer
  3. ^ "Parish population at 2011 census". Retrieved 9 February 2015. 
  4. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 12 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Cornish Parish Churches - Cleer, St
  6. ^ Ellis, P. B. (1992) The Cornish Saints. Penryn: Tor Mark Press, p. 7

External links[edit]

Media related to St Cleer at Wikimedia Commons