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St Martin's Church

Church St, Liskeard PL14 3AQ, England
+44 1579 347411
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Wonderful architecture

I find the building very pleasant aesthetically both internally and externally. I like how the age... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Pippa R
via mobile
peaceful atmosphere

St Martin's is a church building which has stood proud and tall for hundreds of years. It is easily... read more

Reviewed 18 November 2016
Liskeard, United Kingdom
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St Martin's Church in Liskeard is a medieval Grade II* listed building, dating back to 1428. It is the second largest parish church in the Diocese of Truro. The building is dedicated to St Martin of Tours, a roman soldier who cut his cloak in half and gave one half to a beggar. That night he dreamed that he saw Jesus wearing the cloak. He went on to become the Bishop of Tours. The church comprises a central aisle and two side aisles, plus a Lady Chapel. It has one of the best organs in Cornwall, and some beautiful decorative features. The old font has a superb carved cover. The pulpit is of English oak, tastefully decorated with rich arabesque carving. The clergy stall, referred to in the church as “the rocket” because of it’s shape, is also beautifully carved, and adorned with a carved angel. Perhaps the most unusual feature is the war memorial frieze. This highly decorated frieze depicts Christ in the centre with panels either side. The left-hand panel shows six individuals (three men; three women) in differing military uniforms, representing the army, navy and air force. The panel to the right depicts the different roles that civilians played, including a nurse, and a fireman. More unusually, on the far right of the panel, a land-girl is depicted, recognising the contribution they made to the war effort. With so many men away in the armed forces, the civilian pane shows five women and just the one man. In total then the two panes show eight women and four men – again, very unusual for war memorials which often focus on the sacrifices made by the men. The churchmanship is “open evangelical” and services are held at 9:30, 11:00 and 18:00 on Sundays. On the first and third Sundays the service is a cafe-style service and is held in the church hall, so the church itself will be closed until the 11:00 o’clock service.
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+44 1579 347411
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Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

I find the building very pleasant aesthetically both internally and externally. I like how the age of the church can be seen in the roof beams and exposed timbers. The detail of engraving on the organ pipes is also beautiful although they could do with...More

Thank Pippa R
Mike_Sturgess, Manager at St Martin's Church, responded to this reviewResponded 10 April 2017

Thanks Pippa, and glad you love the church. We are hoping to have the heating sorted out this year as part of the proposed church reordering. We agree that the bell-ringers, organist and choir are wonderful and a real asset for the church.

Reviewed 18 November 2016

St Martin's is a church building which has stood proud and tall for hundreds of years. It is easily visible for miles around. If history and architecture are your thing, then there is plenty to interest you here. But St Martin's church is much more...More

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Reviewed 18 November 2016

St Martins is my childhood church, and although I no longer live in Cornwall, I always make sure that I attend a service when I'm in Liskeard. The church itself is stunning and historical - in fact it's so nice that I chose to have...More

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Mike_Sturgess, SMart Film Club organiser at St Martin's Church, responded to this reviewResponded 20 November 2016

Thank you Cornish_Pixie_10. The SMart Film Club has actually been running for over 18 years now. In case anyone is concerned about the copyright position, we are able to show films under our CCLI (Christian Copyright Licensing International) licence, provided we don't charge for entry....More

Reviewed 15 November 2016

there are so many things to say about the building ,the angel bosses, the wonderful war memorial ,and the organ ---however come and have the experience ,there is a lot of information easily assessable to make your visit interesting and worthwhile. Must not forget that...More

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Reviewed 7 April 2016

what a magical place! we went to the christmas service with her old school and she sang for the school in their choir. The church has a lot of parking and once inside the people are welcoming and friendly.

1  Thank trudylisamay
Reviewed 27 January 2016

live right next door, sweet little church, graveyard kept well, unlike the surroundings of the churches gate unfortunately

1  Thank con1213
Reviewed 19 January 2016

In a town which for almost two hundred years has been predominantly Methodist this is a surprisingly big parish church. I have never been here to a regular service, only two family weddings and one funeral, each of those more than thirty years ago. Just...More

1  Thank Jannerbloke
Reviewed 29 September 2015

I had an interest in this building and was delighted to find it open with a warm welcome from a charming lady who was arranging flowers. The main door dates back to Norman times and is well worth a 2nd look. The vaulted timbers of...More

1  Thank Liz R
Reviewed 3 March 2015 via mobile

A beautiful old church which brings hope and peace to all who go inside. With a beautiful entrance and carpets.

1  Thank Drew W
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19 January 2016|
Response from Mike_Sturgess | Property representative |
Firstly, our apologies for taking so long to spot your question. Now for the answers: 1. The church is open Monday to Friday from 10:00am to 3:00pm, and of course for Sunday services. 2. There is disabled access, with a... More