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Church of St Rumon

A Grade I Listed Building in Ruanlanihorne, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.2407 / 50°14'26"N

Longitude: -4.9542 / 4°57'15"W

OS Eastings: 189444

OS Northings: 42028

OS Grid: SW894420

Mapcode National: GBR ZM.7XJG

Mapcode Global: FRA 08HD.CQG

Plus Code: 9C2Q62RW+78

Entry Name: Church of St Rumon

Listing Date: 30 May 1967

Last Amended: 27 November 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1141087

English Heritage Legacy ID: 62849

Location: Ruanlanihorne, Cornwall, TR2

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Ruanlanihorne

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Ruan Lanihorne

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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Church of St Rumon


Parish church. Dedicated to Saint Rumon. C13, C14, C14, partly rebuilt C17 and
with C19 restoration. Slatestone with granite quoins and dressings and Delabole dry
slate roofs with gable ends. Nave, chancel, west tower, north aisle, south transept
and south porch. North aisle has C15 granite west window; 4 C15 granite windows to
north wall; 2-centred arched north door (nearly opposite south door), chamfered C19
stone chimney over former rood stair projection and C19 freestone window in
Decorated style to east gable end. Chancel window is also C19 steeper, of freestone
and with reticulated tracery. Early walling (possibly C13) survives under. South
wall: to left C13 2-light lancet window possibly reset C17; porch dated 1669 with
chamfered nearly semi-circular arched granite doorway with hood mould; transept with
C19 window in gable and 3-light lancet in east wall of 1868 for John Peter of
Treviles, Rector of Grade. 3-light C19 window to right of transept is in Decorated
style. C13 tower of 1 stage but upper part rebuilt after storm in 1658 dated 1675
and is said to have been higher. Low angle buttresses to north-west and south-west
corners and sundial over south buttress to John Doble and St Doble, churchwardens
1743. Plinth of south-east buttress projects beyond south wall of nave. 2 tiers
of windows in tower are C13 single-lights with pierced slates. String under
battlemented parapet with crocketed granite pinnacles on square shafts. Blocked
west door is 2 centred.
Interior: between nave/chancel and north aisle is 6-bay standard A-type (Pevsner)
arcade with 4-centred arches and different carved detail to each capital; tall 2-
centred tower arch; 2 recesses in north and south walls flanking altar; squint from
south transept to chancel; roofs to nave, chancel, north aisle and south transept
are circa 1868 and arch braced incorporating C15 carved bracing from original wagon
roof, also carved wall plates. Porch roof is of reused common rafters. Also in
north east corner of porch is freestone shaft (probably C13). Fittings include font
possibly C14 with octagonal central and corner shafts and 4-leaf panels with cover
made of C15 carved roof braces; hexagonal pulpit of reused roof timber and bench
end-panels; lectern with reused roof braces: altar with more reused oak including
bosses; circular iron stove; C19 pine pews with slate floor to rear and along north
aisle and painted arch headed-panels of The Ten Commandments and one of The Lords
Monuments to: Richard Trestrain in south transept of a carved praying figure under
trefoil head 1579-1664. (Trestrain funded the repairs to the church after the storm
damage;) to the Rev. John Whitaker and his daughter Jane Margaret Whitaker (floor
slabs) and to John Luke, Esq. of Trevilles 1776. Belfry not inspected.
Information about storm etc. from 'The History of Ruan Lanihorne' by the Rev. John
Whitaker, historian and writer and vicar of the parish from 1777 until his death in
1808. Journal of Royal Institution of Cornwall 1974, p.108

Listing NGR: SW8944442028

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