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© 2008 Mark Collins
My great great grandfather, John Collins and his wife Elizabeth nee Stacey made their home in Lanivet, Cornwall where the majority of their children, including my great grandfather Henry were born.
Lanivet is near Bodmin and is near the geographic centre of Cornwall. At one time the Parish once had eleven copper mines, now all closed, where my ancestors made their living.
Lanivet was on the old 'Saints Way', along which the early Christian saints travelled from Ireland, via Padstow, and the name literally means the 'Church site (lann), at Neved'. Since Neved means 'a pagan sacred place', this must have been a pre-existing name for an older settlement.
Lanivet Church Town
This image was scanned from an old postcard. John and Elizabeth lived in one of the cottages in the immediate foreground, largely concealed by the hill.
The Parish Church is dedicated to St Nivet and is supposed to stand in the very centre of the Cornwall land mass. The present church dates from the 15th century; it comprises a chancel, nave, and north and south aisles. There is a south porch and a priest's door, both guarded with iron gates. The tower is of three stories, and contains six bells. The church was restored in 1864, during which some relics of a previous church were found worked into the walls. A record was found on the dedication of the high altar of a former church in 1338.
Lanivet Methodist Chapel, April 1998
Originally built by the Bible Christians, this Methodist chapel was built in the late 19th century.