Welcome to the website of Altarnun Parish Council
(St Nonnas - The Cathedral on the Moor)
The parish of Altarnun lies on the eastern side of Bodmin Moor and covering 15,014 acres, is the largest in Cornwall. From the rugged moorland in the west of the parish, across to the unspoilt villages of Altarnun and Bolventor which boasts the world renowned Jamaica Inn, to the picturesque farmland and rural hamlets in the east, the diversity of rural Cornwall is reflected here. It has been inhabited since the Neolithic period and the remains of this occupation and also that of the Bronze and Iron Ages can still be found. The Doomsday Book recorded seven settlements within the present parish boundaries, Altarnun then known as Penpont.
We are proud of our rural environment and work with the community to protect, preserve, and continually improve it for all. This has included, seeking the provision of sufficient affordable housing for local people, road safety and traffic management improvements, installing a public access defibrilator and building public conveniences in Altarnun, following the closure of the original facilities by Cornwall Council.
IMPORTANT MESSAGES - PLEASE READ
PLANNING: For recent planning applications and decisions being made within the Parish during the period monthly meetings were not held, please refer to our Planning page-click the link: Parish Council>Planning
ALTARNUN PARISH COUNCIL NOTICE OF CONCLUSION OF AUDIT YEAR ENDED 31 MARCH 2020: Published under 'Parish Council' menu > Reports & Audits
One of the prettiest villages in Cornwall lies in the valley of Penpont Water just off the A30 trunk road. Altarnun has retained its historic charm and character, something the Parish Council and residents work hard to keep up, including its picturesque packhorse bridge by the church, a variety of traditional cottages, the village hall which houses the local shop and post office and the church hall which supports many community and social events.
The stunning parish 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 carved cornice of vines and tracery and vaulting are extraordinary.
More modern evolvements are a thriving primary school and preschool situated just up the hill at Five Lanes, numerous sports and social clubs, for both the young and more mature and our twinning with Gueltas in Brittany, France.