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Lanner Barton

Also known as, or recorded in historical documents as;
Castellum Lanner

In the civil parish of St Allen.
In the historic county of Cornwall.
Modern Authority of Cornwall.
1974 county of Cornwall.
Medieval County of Cornwall.

OS Map Grid Reference: SW825497
Latitude 50.30701° Longitude -5.05531°

Lanner Barton has been described as a probable Palace.

There are no visible remains.


Residential manor of the Bishop of Exeter.

The barton of Lanner was purchased by the Bishops of Exeter in 1269 and was frequently visited in C14 and C15 Attached to this was a chapel which was first mentioned in 1321. (PastScape)

The Bishops of Exeter purchased Cargoll Manor in 1296; their manor house was at Lanner, where they were frequent visitors in the C14 and C15. The manor house must have been substantial, and possibly fortified, for in 1478 William of Worcester referred to 'Castellum Lanner -- in Villa Laner' - although it was also said to be dilapidated. The OS map of 1891 notes that Lanner is on the site of a barton. Warner notes William of Worcester's reference, but questions whether Worcester was in fact referring to a prehistoric earthwork - either 25192 or 25196. A chapel of St Martin at the Bishop of Exeter's manor house at Lanner is mentioned in 1314, 1317 and 1321 (see 25195.1, but it is uncertain where this chapel was located. (Cornwall & Scilly HER)

The Bishops of Exeter had, at an early period, a castle here, which William of Worcester speaks of as dilapidated in the reign of Edward IV. (Lysons)

1km south of parish church in area of dispersed settlement and associated with a deer park. Seems to be a country retreat and hunting lodge. Gatehouse also suspects that the 'castle' mentioned by William Worcester was a prehistoric earthwork with no medieval use. (A hunting lodge requires good supplies of water, mainly for the horses. Lanner Barton is on the spring line but both Prehistoric earthworks suggested in the Cornish HER are slightly above the spring line.)
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