Saint Marnarch's Church

Photo of Saint Marnarch's Church and Churchyard

About St Marnarch's Church

St. Marnarch’s Parish Church in the Anglican Diocese of Truro is located in the centre of the village and conservation area of Lanreath. The structure of this beautiful Grade 1 listed church has been repaired rather than restored.


This gives the effect of age and a special completeness. In particular, it has a fine rood screen dating from 1520 with the original paintings still evident in a few of the lower panels. It has a wealth of rich carvings – the pulpit, font, prayer desks and an impressive monument to the Grylls family who resided at Court Barton, next to the Church.


The Church is open daily during daylight hours.


Rector: Rev. Richard Allen Tel: 01503 220847



Church Wardens:    

Gill Sanders Tel: (01503) 220827

Peter Hooper


St.Marnarch's church is one of the Churches in the wider ‘Benefice of Trelawny’, which also includes St. Nun in Pelynt, St. Ildierna in Lansallos, St. Wyllow in Lanteglos-by-Fowey, St. Saviour in Polruan, St. John's in Bodinnick and Talland.  It also supports the work of ‘Cornerstone’ the Churches Together Charity Shop in West Looe which raises money for local children’s charities.  Donations of unwanted good-quality bric-a-brac for sale in the shop is welcome – please contact Jenny Bartram on 01503 220490 if you have any items you wish to donate and which require collection and if you are willing to help out in the shop either regularly or on occasion, please contact Jenny Hall on 01503 598267 for further details.


Church Services

Please see 'Trelawny Benefice Diary' below plus when there is a fifth Sunday the service will be in one of the Churches in the Benefice at 11a.m. on a rota basis - please check church notice board.


Any queries please contact the Benefice office on 07399 563440 or take a look at the Trelawney Benefice website: 

Latest Benefice of Trelawny Diary

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Can anyone assist?  Currently Richard is spending 2-3 hours most weeks organising posters, this is important work as we have many events to advertise and also shows passers-by that we are alive and active!  He would really appreciate delegating this job. He is happy to produce the posters. But what is needed is someone to coordinate the distribution across the Benefice. This includes distributing posters to local church representatives some of which will need to be laminated, possibly putting up the posters for churches where there is no local representative able to take this on. If you do not feel able to do the overall coordination maybe you might be able to volunteer in your local church. The following churches need help as the current situation is a bit adhoc…Talland, Pelynt, Polruan, Lanteglos, Bodinnick. 


Home Communions  If anyone feels able to receive training and take communion to the sick and housebound it would be much appreciated. Currently Richard visits between 6 and 8 people bimonthly. This duty is undertaken by lay members of the congregation in many other Benefices.  If you are able to help in any way, please contact Pippa or Richard.

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Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:


In the Parish: (The Rector - Tel contact – 01503 220847)

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300


In emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234131

Weddings, Christenings and Funerals

A church wedding will add a spiritual dimension to your marriage. It is a ceremony that bonds you in the eyes of God witnessed by your family and friends in a friendly, traditional atmosphere. If you are considering a Church Wedding, we believe St. Marnarch’s Church with a peel of six bells, within this beautiful village, makes it an ideal location for your special day. You don’t necessarily have to live in the Parish to be eligible to marry here – so give us a call to talk over your wedding plans and eligibility. It’s never too soon to call us.


Christenings are often held during a Sunday service and there is an extensive Baptismal Roll on display by the font.


Funeral services are also held within the church and there is room for burial within the Churchyard – Churchyard regulations are displayed in the Church porch.


For Further details please contact:

Rector: Rev. Allen - Tel (01503) 220847


Church Wardens:    

Gill Sanders       Tel: (01503) 220827

Peter Hooper


Remembrance Day in Lanreath

Photo montage of Wreath Laying at the Lanreath War Memorial
Wreath laying at the Lanreath War Memorial

A time to remember all who lost their lives in the two World Wars and in wars since.

These men and women came from different socio-cultural and socio-economic backgrounds, and had various Christian, Muslim, Hindu, Jewish and atheist beliefs but all united to fight a common cause.

 Let us remember them all.

Photo Montage of Remembrance Day Service
Remembrance Day Service Lanreath

History of Saint Marnarch’s

Until the early 7th century AD Cornwall was part of the Celtic fringe of Britain. The various tribes often found an excuse to declare war on each other, and even the coming of the Romans had little effect on the existing lifestyle.

However, during the 7th century Christianity began to assert itself, and the old ways gradually changed. It was around this time that St. Piran is said to have arrived in Cornwall. Records indicate that a church of sorts was built on the present site as far back as the eighth century but it was not until the Normans arrived in the latter part of the 11th century that the basis of the existing church came into being.

Most of the present Church is the result of much rebuilding and additional works, but the original north wall and transept still exist, as do the font and a small stone Altar.

Much of the subsequent history of the church is steeped in the Reformation, the Civil Wars and the Restoration of the Monarchy in the mid-17th century. This is all recorded in a very readable booklet written by Rosemary Pollock, a local amateur historian, with some illustrations by her mother Ida. It also includes a written 'walk around' of the present building. Priced at £1.50, it is available in the Church.

More Pictures of the Church may be viewed at the British Listed Buildings website.

The Church in Pictures

Photo of Local Worship Leaders



The Commissioning of  Local Worship Leaders

St Marnarch’s Flower Festival

Scrolling photo montage of the Flower festival

Afternoon Tea at The Rectory

Photos of Afternoon Tea at the Rectory
Photo of Afternoon Tea at the Rectory

Palm Sunday

Photo montage, Palm Sunday Donkey and Bell Ringers

A Poppy Concert to Commemorate the End of WW1

Photo of a Poppy Concert in the Church

St Marnarch’s Re-roofing

Photo Montage of the reroofing of the Church in 1993

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