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St Hydroc

St Hydroc is situated adjacent to Lanhydrock House, the major National Trust property in Cornwall and it contains the monuments and burials of the Estate families.

Lanhydrock, Cornwall

Opening times

The church is open between 10am and 5pm, when the National Trust property is open.

Address

Lanhydrock Estate
Lanhydrock
Cornwall
PL30 4DE

It also has a fine alabaster reredos and a working peal of 8 bells. It dates from the 1400’s and is the local parish church, with services every Sunday. The church is kept open for Lanhydrock House visitors, but does not belong to the National Trust. 

Lan indicates a church enclosure within earthworks. One of the Celtic saints who travelled as a missionary to Cornwall during the Dark Ages was Ydrocus-Confessor.

Lanhydrock church was dedicated to St Hydroc in 1478. The original church was 11th century and was rebuilt in its present form by the Augustinian Priory of St Petroc at Bodmin, to whom Lanhydrock belonged in the later 15th century.

The architectural style of the church is closely linked to St Petroc’s in Bodmin. The three stage granite tower, with a base predating the existing structure and the pillars and arches either side of the nave date to the 1450’s.

The entrance porch was built in 1546 and still contains original timberwork. The Robartes family bought the manor of Lanhydrock in 1620. They repaired the church and installed a large plaster panel showing the arms of James I, now one of the few surviving arms of his reign. The family occupied Lanhydrock until the 1960’s, and worshipped in St Hydroc. The family door linking the house to the church dates from the 17th century.

The church building was renovated from time to time and particularly in 1886-1888. The fine alabaster reredos, the font, and the peal of 8 bells in the tower date from this time. The tower also contains the 10th century Athelstan bell.

There are many Robartes memorials in the church, together with two slate tablets relating to George Carminow, who died in 1599. Early Carminow and Robartes burials are in a crypt beneath the church, now sealed and hidden. Later burials are in the surrounding graveyard. Most of the stained glass is from the 19th century.

The east window was paid for by Estate tenants. It depicts Christ’s birth, life, death and ascension, and is in memory of Tommy Agar Robartes who was killed in WWI. The original cross from his grave is also now preserved in the church.

  • Wildlife haven

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Social heritage stories

  • National heritage here

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Famous connections

  • Enchanting atmosphere

  • Captivating architecture

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard

  • Ramp or level access available on request

  • Car park at church

  • Café within 500m

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Church of England

Contact information

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St Petroc

Bodmin, Cornwall

St Petroc’s church is the largest and one of the oldest parish churches in Cornwall.

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