Lanreath (St. Marnarch)

LANREATH (St. Marnarch), a parish, in the union of Liskeard, hundred of West, E. division of Cornwall, 6 miles (W. N. W.) from West Looe; containing 651 inhabitants. The parish comprises 4560 acres, of which 400 are common or waste: the soil is various; there are some fertile portions of arable and pasture land, and others of very inferior quality. The river called Herod's Foot, and the lakes of Ball and Trebant Water, are within the parish. Fairs for cattle are held on Whit-Tuesday, Nov. 18th, and the third Tuesday after Shrovetide. The living is a rectory, valued in the king's books at £32, and in the patronage of John Buller, Esq.: the tithes have been commuted for £522; the glebe comprises 70 acres. The church is a handsome structure, in the later English style, with some Norman details, and contains a curious Norman font, and an elegantly-carved screen in good preservation, in one of the panels of which is a portrait in oil of Richard II. There are places of worship for Calvinists and Wesleyans. Some remains exist of a Roman encampment on Bury Down.

Transcribed from A Topographical Dictionary of England, by Samuel Lewis, 7th edition, published in 1848.

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