St. Levan Church

st-levanSt Levan, named after his great-uncle St Soloman, in the Celtic tongue, St Selevan, today corrupted into the name St Levan, was born in the sixth century at, it is said, Boslevan, which lies to the  east of St Buryan.  He travelled to and lived at Bodellan by the Port of Cornwall, now Porthcurno, and built a chapelry on the site of the present church above Porth Levan or Porthchapel, as it is called today.  He built a cell near a well now named after him.

There is the story of St Levan and his catching two chad or sea-bream upon which his nieces choked.  It was on his walk to his cell from Bodellan when the confrontation with Johana took place, after which no child has been baptised with  that name at the church.

The Parish Church reflects some fifteen hundred years of  Parish History.  Following the probability of a tiny thatch and wattle chapel having been constructed by St Levan into the round where the main altar stands today, a small pre-Norman church was subsequently built within the present chancel.

There followed in the twelth century, the construction of a larger and cruciform church, which encompassed the present chancel, the nave back to where the tower now stands, as well as part of the North transept.  The South transept of similar proportions lay within part of the present day Lady Chapel.

St.Levan Church is situated in Porthcurno, West Cornwall in the Parish of St.Levan.

Parking is available by the church. The post code for St.Levan Church is TR19 6JT

Website: http://www.stlevanchurch.co.uk/