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Welcome to the website of Altarnun Parish Council
The Parish of Altarnun lies on the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor, some 8 miles from the nearest town – Launceston. At 15,014 acres in size Altarnun is the largest Parish in Cornwall. From the rugged landscape of Bodmin moor in the west, through the unspoilt Altarnun Village, Bolventor with the iconic Jamaica Inn popular with tourists from around the world and surrounding rural hamlets to picturesque farmland in the east. The landscape reflects the true diversity of Cornwall.
The Parish has been a home to people as far back as the Neolithic period. Today remains of occupation from then, through the Bronze and Iron Ages can still be found. The Doomsday Book recorded seven settlements in the present Parish Boundaries.
Residents and the Parish Council are proud of their rural environment and work together to protect, preserve, promote and continually improve it for the benefit of parishioners and visitors alike.
Recent events and topics of great importance have been flooding in Altarnun Village & Draynes Valley; planning matters - particularly sufficient affordable housing for local people, road safety and traffic management concerns and the replacement of the public conveniences in Altarnun Village centre, following the closure of the original facilities by Cornwall Council.
For more information please contact our Clerk using the contact us section.
Altarnun Village has managed to retain its charm and character, something the Parish Council and Villagers work hard to maintain. From its picturesque Pack Horse Bridge and Church Hall by the Church, a variety of traditional cottages to the Village Hall which houses the local shop and post office. The Parish also has a thriving primary school and preschool, and numerous aldult and youth organisations, clubs and sports clubs.
Three noteable local public houses provide food and accomodation – The Kings Head, Rising Sun and Jamaica Inn at Bolventor. The village bus links allow those without vehicles to travel to nearby Launceston, Bodmin and beyond.
In recent years the Parish has twinned with Gueltas in Brittany, France.
Altarnun Village lies in the valley of the Penpont Water and the parish is divided by the A30 trunk road which passes through Fivelanes which was once an important stopping place for stage coaches. As the largest parish church on Bodmin Moor, the church of St Nonna is known as the Cathedral of the Moor. It was built largely in the 15th century in the Perpendicular style, with its bell tower standing 109 ft (33 m) high. It is notable for a fine Norman font and old woodwork, including the screen, bench-ends and communion rails which date to 1684. The screen is one of the finest 15th century examples in Cornwall; it has three gates and the cornice of vines and tracery and vaulting are finely carved.