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Pronounced Lanreth, the rural Parish can trace its existence back at least to the Domesday Book of 1086, when it was known as Lanredoch. The present version is a derivation of the 'church site (Lann) of Raydhogh'.
The present day Lanreath has a population of around 530 and its economy is sustained mainly by farming and tourism. It is ideally placed for the latter, with the coast being a short distance to the south and the moors to the north.
The western part of the Parish comprises a gently rolling plateau of mainly pasture and arable fields bounded by Cornish hedges. The eastern part of the Parish is situated in an Area of Great Landscape Value bordering on the West Looe River. This area of the Parish is characterised in the main by dense broadleaved woodland and conifer plantations on valley slopes, with some pastoral farmland. The Forestry Commission’s Deerpark Forest conifer plantation provides open access for public recreation
Lanreath village is the principle settlement of the Parish. At the center of the village is the Conservation Area of Lanreath containing the Parish Church of St Marnarch, Court Barton Farm, the Village Shop and Post Office and the Punch Bowl Inn.
In 1620, the Punch Bowl Inn became the very first licensed public house in the Land. Parts of the building date back even earlier. The building has served variously as a courthouse, coaching inn and smugglers den, but closed on the 1st May 2012. It is now under new ownership and is undergoing restoration and we look forward to it reopening for the next chapter in its long history. Further details of the history of the Parish and Church may be found on the About Lanreath Parish page.
The surrounding attractions and community facilities are too numerous to list here, so please have a look at the other pages on this website for further information and come and see for yourself. You'll be very welcome!