Ludgvan, St Paul's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century grantitte tower and carved figure of a monk
There is a theory that Ludowanus never existed, and that the place name comes from the Cornish for 'place of ashes'.
One local claim to fame is that the last church service in Cornish was conducted here in the late 17th century. Or maybe not, as the same claim is made for Towednack church.
'Death shall not make her memory to rot,
her virtues were too great to be forgot..'
Nearby is a fascinating carved grantite slab to John South (d. 1636). Immediately beside the South grave slab is a grave marker to an 18th century rector named William Borlase, inscribed with red-painted letters. Borlase was the most famous Cornish historian of his day, and author of the influential book Natural History of Cornwall (1758).
Perhaps the most well known person remembered by a memorial is Sir Humphrey Davy, President of the Royal Society who died in 1829 and was buried in Geneva. Among Davy's best-known inventions was the Davy Lamp, used by generations of Cornish miners.
His parents lived at Ludgvan and are buried at the east end of the churchyard. Also in the churchyard, near the steps leading down towards the nearby pub, is a small Celtic cross raised on a modern plinth. well, it would hardly be a Land's End peninsula churchyard without a Celtic cross about, now would it?
Address: Churchtown, Ludgvan, Cornwall, England, TR20 8EY
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the B3309 in the centre of Ludgvan. Parking along the road. Usually open daylight hours and well worth a visit.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
St Michael's Mount - 1.9 miles (Castle)
Chysauster Ancient Village - 2.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Towednack Church - 3.3 miles (Historic Church)
Trengwainton Garden - 3.6 miles (Garden)
Madron Holy Well and Chapel - 3.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Paradise Park Wildlife Sanctuary - 3.8 miles (Family Attraction)
Mount's Bay - 4.3 miles (Countryside)
Zennor, St Senara's Church - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
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Tourist Information Centre
Tel: 01736 753 196
Alternate Tel: 01736 754 399
Fax: 01736 755 932