Lanivet village
Location within Cornwall
Population1,959 (Civil Parish, 2011)
OS grid referenceSX039642
Civil parish
  • Lanivet
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
Post townBODMIN
Postcode districtPL30
Dialling code01208
PoliceDevon and Cornwall
AmbulanceSouth Western
UK Parliament
List of places
50°26′42″N 4°45′47″W / 50.445°N 4.763°W / 50.445; -4.763Coordinates: 50°26′42″N 4°45′47″W / 50.445°N 4.763°W / 50.445; -4.763

Lanivet (Cornish: Lanneves[1]) is a village and civil parish in Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated approximately 2+12 miles (4.0 km) southwest of Bodmin,[2] and before the Bodmin by-pass was built, the A30 road between London and Land's End passed through the village. The Saints' Way long-distance footpath passes Lanivet near its half-way point.

The parish includes the hamlets of Bodwanick, Bokiddick, Lamorick, St Ingunger, Trebell, Tregullon, Tremore, and Woodly. Part of St Lawrence is also in this parish. An electoral ward of the same name surrounds Bodmin. Its population at the 2011 census was 4,241.[3]

Notable buildings and antiquities

Lanivet Church
Lanivet Church
The cross in Lanivet churchyard
The cross in Lanivet churchyard
St Ingunger Cross
St Ingunger Cross
Lesquite Cross
Lesquite Cross
Reperry Cross
Reperry Cross

The church tower is built in the Perpendicular style and in 1878 had six bells. Renovations to the porch, nave and aisles were completed in that year along with the extension of the burial ground by enclosing an adjacent field.[4] Within the church are monuments of the Courtenays of Tremere.[5][6] In the churchyard are two ancient stone crosses and a rare example of a hogback grave dating from Viking times. A. G. Langdon (1896) also records the existence of four more stone crosses in the parish.[7][8] Andrew Langdon (1994) records 13 crosses: two in the churchyard and Bodwannick Cross, Reperry Cross, St Ingunger Cross, Fenton Pits Cross, Lesquite Cross, Treliggan Cross, Laninval Cross, Tremore Cross, Woodley Cross, St Benet's Cross and Lamorick Cross.[9] Arthur Langdon (1896) said of Reperry Cross that only the base remained but the cross was illustrated in the Gentleman's Magazine, vol. 75 (1805).[10] According to Andrew Langdon (1994) the cross disappeared after its mention in 1805; J. T. Blight noted that only the base stone remained. Charles Henderson examined the St Ingunger Cross and decided it was the lost Reperry Cross. Meanwhile a replica had been made by Sir Robert Edgcumbe and placed on the base stone. In 1926 the original cross was put in its proper place and the replica was moved to a site near Reperry Manor. After damage to the hedge in 1997 had been repaired the cross was firmly placed on top of it.{ref>Stone crosses; mid, p. 45</ref>

About a quarter of a mile from the church are the remains of St Benet's, a monastery of the Benedictine order, said to have been subordinate to Monte Cassino, in Italy, or according to others, Clairvaux in Burgundy.[citation needed] It was founded as a lazar house in 1411, and during the 15th century a chapel with a tower and an adjacent longhouse were built. The building work was not complete by 1430; it is mentioned in a document of 1535. The tower and longhouse are mentioned by Charles Henderson as being still in existence; he refutes the idea of it as an abbey.[11] After the Reformation it became the home of the Courtenay family; the present house looks 19t–-century with 15th-century windows built into the facade.[12] St Benet was restored by, its then owner, Charles Eldon Sargeant in 1878, and is described by The Cornishman newspaper as "... a charming and picturesque place".[4]

St Ingunger, in the parish, is said to have been the residence of the hermit, Saint Congar of Congresbury, in the early 6th century. Churches dedicated to him may also be found in Brittany and Cornwall.[13]

Near to the village is located Lesquite Quoit, a ceremonial funerary monument built around 3500–2600 BC, one of only 20 portal dolmens surviving in the United Kingdom.[14][15]


In the adjacent hills, tin and iron extraction ceased in (or just before) 1878, and all that was left of the industry was one or two tin-stamps.[4]

Thomas Hardy connection

Thomas Hardy came to Lanivet in August 1872 to visit the home of Emma Gifford where he was introduced to her parents at Kirland House. He wrote a poem in the same year entitled Near Lanivet.[16]


  1. ^ "List of Place-names agreed by the MAGA Signage Panel" (PDF). Cornish Language Partnership. May 2014. Archived from the original (PDF) on 29 July 2014. Retrieved 11 January 2015.
  2. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  3. ^ "Ward population 2011". Retrieved 6 February 2015.
  4. ^ a b c "Lanivet". The Cornishman (20). 28 November 1878. p. 7.
  5. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner(1970) Cornwall; 2nd ed., rev. by E. Radcliffe. Penguin, pp. 91
  6. ^ Churches, Holy Wells & Saints.
  7. ^ Langdon, Arthur G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: J. Pollard; pp. 295, 383, 412, 419
  8. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner Cornwall (1970)
  9. ^ Langdon, A. G. (2002) Stone Crosses in Mid Cornwall; 2nd ed. Federation of Old Cornwall Societies; pp. 43-59
  10. ^ Langdon, A. G. (1896) Old Cornish Crosses. Truro: Joseph Pollard; pp. 227 & 423
  11. ^ Charles Henderson Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; pp. 129–30
  12. ^ Nikolaus Pevsner Cornwall (1970); pp. 158-59
  13. ^ Gilbert Hunter Doble, (1970) The Saints of Cornwall: part 5. Truro: Dean and Chapter; pp. 3-29
  14. ^ Map, The Megalithic Portal and Megalith. "Lesquite Quoit". The Megalithic Portal. Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Lesquite Quoit". Retrieved 13 November 2017.
  16. ^ Millgate, Michael (1982) Thomas Hardy: a Biography Revisited, Oxford U.P. p. 131

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