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... read more
St Martin's Church in Liskeard is a medieval Grade II* listed building,...
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.