St. Bartholomew Church, in Warleggan village, has a long and interesting history. Visitors can pick up a guide from the table inside the church (for which a donation is requested) and discover more about the history of the building, its thirteenth century lancet window, the fifteenth century font, the Royal Arms of 1664 on the north wall, and, more recently, the somewhat eccentric Rev. F. W. Densham, the Rector from 1931 to 1953.
The church is set at the end of a lane, and has an unusual circular-shaped churchyard, with a granite cross thought to be much older than the church itself (possibly eighth century).
The church organ has recently undergone restoration work, funded through donations from a number of individual supporters, and with almost half the funds provided through a grant from The War Memorial Trust*. On 9 October 2013, there was a rededication of the restored organ War Memorial, followed by an Organ Recital, at the church. The rededication was carried out by Ven Dr A Elkington, Archdeacon of Bodmin, and the organ recital that followed was given by Peter Dyke* of Hereford Cathedral, and included works by Handel, Tomkins, Hine, Bach, Mendelssohn, Vaughan Williams, Elgar, Messiaen and Vierne, and it closed with a rousing rendition of the well known favourite, Widor’s Toccata. See also report: “Restored to glory – the church organ built as an official war memorial“, 7th October 2013, Western Morning News.
Every year in August, on or around St. Bartholomew Day, locals gather for a picnic and ‘tidy-up‘ – see photos from the tidy-up of 2013.
There is also a Methodist chapel in the centre of Mount village.
A selection of photos is given below.