History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The local pub is the Rising Sun, a traditional moorland inn that has featured in the Good Pub Guide and the CAMRA Good Beer Guide.
The Cathedral of the Moor
Most people will come to Altarnun to see the church of St Nonna. Known as The Cathedral of the Moor for its size, the church is mostly 15th century, but it holds a beautifully carved Norman font with strange faces at the corners, and a wealth of 16th and 17th century woodwork, including an intricately crafted 15th century screen. In the churchyard is a Celtic cross thought to be at least 6th century.
There is also a Non-Conformist connection at Altarnun; John Wesley came here to preach. The house where he stayed was once a museum of Methodism and Wesley's life, but is now a private home.
Two more famous names are linked to the village. Sculptor Neville Burnard was born here in 1818, and he left behind a carved head of John Wesley over the door of the former Methodist chapel. The carving was crafted when Burnard was just 16 years old. Several more works by Burnard can be seen adorning gravestones in the churchyard.
A bit further afield is Jamaica Inn, used by Daphne du Maurier as the setting for her novel of the same name. The inn is not in Altarnun village but is contained within the parish boundaries. Du Maurier visited the Old Rectory here, and featured it in her novel as the home of a notorious vicar named Francis Davey.
Address: Altarnun, Cornwall, England
Attraction Type: Village
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Altarnun, St Nonna's Church - 1 miles (Historic Church)
St Clether Church - 2.2 miles (Historic Church)
St Clether Holy Well Chapel - 2.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Rough Tor Bronze Age Settlements - 3.9 miles (Prehistoric Site)
The Hurlers Stone Circles - 6.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
The Arthurian Centre - 6.9 miles (Museum)
Longstone Cross (Long Tom) - 7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
North Petherwin, St Paternus Church - 7.1 miles (Historic Church)
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