Talland, St Tallan

Picturesque coastal location.  One of the two parish churches serving the town of Looe.  Here one can be transported back to the Latin catholic services of the pre-Reformation period or the London blitz.  Particular features include:

  1. Tower of three stages linked to south aisle of church by porch.  Well preserved west end with early English lancets and a more domestic style early 16th century window.  Another Tudor-looking window at the east end of the south aisle is in fact a c.1850 replacement for a wooden sash.  The sash was put in c.1800 by maintenance conscious churchwardens.
  2. Bench ends – 49 of Renaissance style.  Some replicate designs at Mullion.  Front pews have praying angels.
  3. Roof to south aisle one of finest in Cornwall with trailing vines and original floral rosette bosses (see Cardinham)
  4. Bevill monument, complete example of slate monument signed by Peter Crocker who also worked at Duloe.  With and impressive bull from their coat of arms, this tomb is dated 1578 and represents a peak in slate carving in Cornwall.
  5. Lectern incorporates part of rood screen tracery.
  6. Late medieval, eight sided, font with quatrefoils with unusual gargoyle faced tap dated 1672.
  7. Large pre-Reformation headless statue of seated woman – possible Virgin Mary or Pieta – reputedly fished up from the sea.

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