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Lostwithiel Church, Cornwall

Lostwithiel Church, Cornwall

Artist: Buckler, John Chessell

Medium: Pencil on paper

Date: 1821

Shelfmark: Additional MS 36360

Item number: f.178

Length: 12.7

Width: 19.8

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The history of Lostwithiel stretches back more than 800 years when it was founded by the Normans for the export of tin. It was further developed in the 13th century by the Earls of Cornwall to become the capital of the county. Indeed, the poet and writer John Betjeman (1906-1984) is reputed to have said, "there is history in every stone in Lostwithiel".

This drawing by Buckler (his paper was obviously not long enough) shows the highly distinctive octagonal spire of St Bartholomew's Church. Indeed, much of the church is architecturally peculiar, reflecting perhaps more of a French influence than is traditionally associated with the region.

The church didn't escape damage during the Civil War when Parliamentarian troops blew up part of the church with gunpowder. It is even said that they baptised one of their horses in the church font!

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