St Levan's Church, St Levan

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St Levan's Church, St Levan
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St Levan's Church
Coordinates: 50°02′33″N 05°39′36″W / 50.04250°N 5.66000°W / 50.04250; -5.66000
OS grid reference SW380222
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
Dedication Selevan, or Salomon
Heritage designation Grade I[1]
Designated 15 December 1988
Parish St Levan, Penwith
Archdeaconry Cornwall
Diocese Truro
Province Canterbury

St Levan's Church, St Levan is a parish church in the Church of England located in St Levan, Cornwall, United Kingdom. Until 1864 the church was a chapelry of the Royal Peculiar of the Deanery of St Buryan. It is now part of the united benefice of St Buryan and St Sennen.


The church of St Levan is medieval.[2] It was heavily rebuilt in the twelfth century and extended in the fifteenth century.[3] It was restored by J. D. Sedding. St Levan (properly Selevan, a Celtic form of Solomon) according to the Life of St Kybi was a Cornishman and the father of Kybi. In the department of Morbihan are four places probably connected to the same saint, who probably lived in the 6th or 7th century. On the cliff at St Levan is St Levan's Well and below it the probable remains of his chapel, which were described by William Borlase in his Antiquities.[4] For more information on the saint see Salomon of Cornwall.


The tower contains three bells dating from 1641, 1754 and 1881.

Stone crosses[edit]

Langdon (1896) records six stone crosses in the parish, of which two are in the churchyard.

Stained window[edit]

A stained glass window, the work of Messrs Joseph Bell and Son of Bristol, was placed in the chancel in March 1880. The window depicts Jesus, holding a child, between St Peter and St John and is in memory of Achile Baglehole who died when he fell off the cliff at Land's End in July 1879.[5]


St Levan's Church was featured in the first series of the BBC's Doctor Who.


  1. ^ Historic England. "Church of Saint Levan  (Grade I) (1143872)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 13 October 2015. 
  2. ^ Parish Guide. n.d.
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Buildings of England, Cornwall. Penguin Books
  4. ^ Doble, G. H. (1960) The Saints of Cornwall: part 1. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 3-9
  5. ^ "St Levan". The Cornishman (87). 11 March 1880. p. 5.