St Bartholomew Church, Warleggan

St Bartholomew Church

>>> schedule of services 

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.

snip church organ from mawl2013
Organ restoration work

Church Services:  the schedule of church services is given both on this website and in the Mount and Warleggan Life Newsletter.

There is also a Methodist chapel in the centre of Mount village.

A selection of photos is given below.

Ensuring that children and young people as well as adults are kept safe whilst in our care is an integral part of our church life. If you have any concerns about safeguarding please contact:

In the Parish: Elizabeth Lane,  Parish Safeguarding Co-ordinator, 01208 821551

In the Diocese: Sarah Acraman Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, 01872 274351

Out of Hours for after 5pm and weekends: 01208 251300

In emergency situation:

Local Authority Children’s Social Care: 0300 123 1116

Local Authority Adult’s Social Care: 0300 1234 131


3 Replies to “St Bartholomew Church, Warleggan”

  1. Hi we are a team of 3 friends who would like to do a sleep over in the church we are explorer’s and paranormal as well we did an investigation here not so long ago but would love to do do an all night if it’s possible we are respectful and leave things as we find them could you please let us know if this would be OK and possible many thanks Lisa stephens

    1. Sleepovers are not permitted in the church. Not long ago a group visited the church at night on a few occasions without asking permission. To make matters worse they posted Youtube videos of themselves patrolling the churchyard and calling out the name of a deceased former vicar. This cavalier lack of respect caused a lot of distress to the village, particularly those with relatives buried there. We were then obliged to lock the church at night to dissuade similar visitors.

    2. It’s such a shame that certain types of people have to be disrespectful to places and make it harder for others ,the church is beautiful and found it very fascinating to say the least ,we will be back but probably not until its sbit warmer,thankyou very much though for getting back in touch and letting me know what’s what, I have seen a few YouTube videos if the place itself …

      Lisa stephens

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