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THE PARISH OF

MAWGAN-IN-PYDAR

LANHERNE

LANHERNE RC is the Roman Catholic parish of SS. Joseph and Anne, supervised by "The Most Holy Trinity, Newquay" and under the jurisdiction of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Plymouth. The old Arundell Manor House and chapel at Lanherne Estate were given to Carmelite nuns who had escaped the French Revolution in 1794. The Arundells were removing to their other home in Wardour, Sussex and they thought the nuns would make admirable tenants!

The Arundells had remained Catholic recusants since the execution of King Charles I during the Civil War (1642-1660), but they had lost much of their wealth and property through fines. This house is the Convent, and the Chapel of Lanherne serves as the Roman Catholic Parish Church for the area. It is very small, built in the style of Louis XIV, with some highly decorative features including the Bathstone altar, with carved medallions depicting the Agony in the Garden, the Crucifixion and the Last Supper. Of particular interest is the Arundell sanctuary lamp. Tradition claims that it has not been extinguished since pre-Reformation days. Lanherne is the oldest Carmelite Convent in England. Sadly, I believe the aging nuns have now de-camped elsewhere.

Related records are available at the CRO in Truro:
Roman Catholic Marriages 1710 - 1834, Burials 1686 - 1887.

Next door to the old Manor House and Chapel of Lanherne is the Parish Church of St Mawgan in Pydar (dedicated to St Mawgan & St Nicholas). The 14th century tower is unusually placed at the south transept; the upper part was added by the Arundells in 1433 at a cost of £10. The oldest of the 6 bells was cast between 1378 and 1407.

Within the church are many beautiful items of interest, including the 42 bench ends and a rood screen from the 15th century; an elaborate 15th century Pentewan stone font; a carved pulpit of 1553 and many fine 16th century Arundell family brasses.


The peaceful sloping churchyard contains many gems - including the Lantern Cross circa 1420 and the stern of a rowing boat - a memorial to ten men who drifted ashore, frozen to death in 1846.
 

MONUMENTAL INSCRIPTIONS

The Rev John TUOMY LLD
who died on the
20 th October 1843 aged 57 years.
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Here Lies the
Rev Charles LENGRONNE
Chaplain of Lanherne
Who departed this life
April 9th 1823
In the 64th years of his age
and the 40th year of his priesthood.
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Beneath is interred the
Rev Louis DOWRTEN
Chaplain of Lanherne
Formerly priest of the Dioceses of St OMERS
and Cannon of ARRAS CATHEDRAL
who died 30th October 1839 aged 85 years
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MOTHER MARY of the ANGELS
who died on the
9th August 1832 aged 79 years
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Sister ANN JOSEPH of the ASCENSION
Who died on the
8th February 1839 aged 62 years
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Sister MARY WINIFRED of the BLESSED TRINITY
who died on the
13 th November 1840 aged 81 years.
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Sister LOUISA TERESA of the SACRED HEART of JESUS and MARY
who died on the
27th day of November 1840 aged 71 years
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transcribed from LDS films, with permission, by Gwynneth Wakeham. 2005