News June 2016

On 12 April the Easter Vestry and Annual Parochial Church meetings were held.
Pat Farr and David Hughes agreed to continue as churchwardens and the PCC was re-elected en bloc.
The churchwardens reported that the congregation numbers remained steady at an average of eight persons, and that Festival services were
well supported by other parishioners.
Father Doug outlined the future of the benefice after his retirement in
At a wedding last year the “Lemonaires”, a Cornish Male Choir, performed. We were so impressed that we have invite them to give a
concert in the church on 17 June at 7.30 pm.

There will not be a service of Communion on Sunday 5 June as Father Doug’s farewell service is being held at Veryan at 11 am

News May 2016

Friday 17 June, 7.30 pm
‘The Lemonaires’
male choir
Tickets £10
Reserve your seat –
contact Pat Farr
501599 or
Light refreshments

News April 2016

Vestry Meeting and Annual Parochial Church Meeting will be held on 12 April at 7 pm in the vestry. At these meetings churchwardens and members of the Parochial Church Council are elected for the coming year.

The treasurer presents the annual accounts, and the vicar and churchwardens report on the business of the parish during the past year.

Any member of the parish may attend the vestry meeting to vote on proceedings, but only persons on the church electoral roll may attend the Annual Parochial Church Meeting.


March 2016 News

Thinking of something to write for the March magazine, it came as a shock to realise that Easter is only a few weeks away.

Our Easter services will be listed elsewhere, but I would like to remind all those willing to help that we shall be decorating the church for Easter Day on Saturday 26 March from 10 am. Hope to see you there!


February News

Thank you to everyone who helped to clean and decorate the church for our Nine Lessons and Carols service on 13 December. The service was well attended with people coming from Philleigh, Portscatho and Tregony to join us. We would also like to thank the Roseland Churches’ Choir for their splendid singing, which all helped to make this a very special beginning to the Christmas season.

The repairs to the roof are nearing completion. The next step will be the repairing of the ceilings in the nave and north aisle. We are also hoping to do some restoration work to some of the tombs in the churchyard, especially the vaulted Luke tomb.


Visiting Us

Ruan Map

Visitor Information

Our Church can be found in the centre of the village. Please note that there are no public toilet facilities in the church. Apart from a few steps up to the Lychgate, there is level access to the church and the churchyard. On road car parking is available next to the Lychgate.
As well as the church, the village contains a pub, The Kings Head
kings head

The King’s Head

The creek at Ruan Lanihorne is a bird lovers paradise as it provides a haven for waders and waterfowl. The gentle hills and leafy lanes are a joy for walking enthusiasts and explorers.

Fal River Estuary Ruanlanihorne
Fal River Estuary Ruanlanihorne

Ruan Lanihorne, is entirely rural in character with wooded areas in the river valleys. The name Lanihorne is perhaps a modified form of Laryhorn (the Cornish name of this place). The village was, from the mid 12th century onwards, the site of a castle of the Lercedekne family. In 1334 John Lercedekne was granted permission to crenelate his already existing castle by Edward III.

Lanihorne Castle

The earliest connection between the Lercedekne family and Lanihorne is in the Inquisition taken at the death of Thomas Lercedekne which lists the Manor of Lanihorne as one of his holdings. The family held the castle (which was located roughly in the area between the King’s Head and the river) for a number of generations with the last of the male line, Sir Warin Lercedekne, dying in 1400. When his wife died in 1406 the lands were split and passed to the daughters. The castle fell into the control of absentee landlords and was unoccupied. By 1540 it was recorded that the castle was decaying due to lack of care. It had once been a substantial structure with seven towers and being about 50 feet in height. There were six of the towers still standing in 1700 but it is recorded that the last of the towers was demolished in 1718 with the stone being used to build houses in the village.

Agriculture and other Industry

The majority of land in the parish was used for farming with many of the farmers leasing a group of fields in two or more locations in the parish. The Glebe woods contained a quarry that provided stone for the castle and later for building Hydes Quay (the causeway road along the foreshore to Sett Bridge) and Sett Bridge itself. In the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, there was also a brickworks in the parish at Trelonk.

Port and River

Ruan creek was originally a deep water creek but Tin streaming and later China Clay workings further up river, slowly silted up the River Fal and at some time when Tregony ceased to be workable as a port, vessels started to land at Ruan Lanihorne. In 1796 the Lord of the Manor leased an area of waste land to local businessmen. This was to become the Coal Yard. As part of this lease a license to build quays in front of the Coal Yard was granted.
Another quay was constructed in the late nineteenth century and is known as Hyde’s Quay. This quay was in use until the Second World War. The river has continued to silt up and the village is now only accessible at high tides by small boats and canoes.

The Reading Room

The Reading Room, Ruanlanihorne
The Reading Room, Ruanlanihorne

A number of buildings spread east along the foreshore including a Carpenter’s workshop. Above this workshop was a room where newspapers were placed for villagers to read. Over time, this room as well as other parts of the building were purchased and given to the parish. The space has been used for film shows, other forms of entertainment, meetings and any other purpose needed by the parish.