St Wynwallow’s Church, Landewednack
Situated in the parish of Landewednack, on the Lizard Peninsula, St Wynwallow Church is the most southernly church in mainland Britain.
Research provided by Matthew Slack, an undergraduate student at the University of Exeter, Penryn Campus.
Introducing St Wynwallow’s Church, Landewednack
Nestled amongst trees, it stands somewhat hidden, yet proud.
Unfortunately, nothing remains of this original church. The oldest asset still standing is the 12th-century Norman doorway, under which the current entrance stands.
Inside there is a 15th-century font, inscribed with
Dn. Rich Bolham me fecit which translates from Latin as ‘Master Richard Bolham had me made’.
Richard Bolham served as rector of St Wynwallow’s from the early 15th Century, indicating its age.
The tower is thought to be a similar age. It is formed of alternating granite and serpentine blocks which created an eye-catching pattern. The materials can be linked to the local area with serpentine a dominant feature of the Lizard coastline, which is less than a mile away.