St Briochus Parish Church, Lezant is part of The Benefice of The Three Rivers and Altarnun, therefore Lezant shares its priest with the parishes of Altarnun, Lawhitton, Lewannick and South Petherwin.
The Current Priest-in Charge, The Rev Heather West, is leaving shortly so any enquiries, requests for help or arrangements for Weddings, Baptisms and Funerals should go to the Churchwarden, Mrs. Diana Anderson, on 01579-370971.
At the moment no services can be held because of Corona virus restrictions but normal Sunday morning services will resume as soon as possible that is:-
- 1st Sunday Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
- 2nd Sunday Holy Communion
- 3rd Sunday Open Door Service
- 4th Sunday Morning Prayer
Some history of the church...
The Church is dedicated to St Briochus, a Celtic saint who travelled up the River Tamar and founded a religious settlement in the area. It is Grade II* Listed, a listing reserved for buildings that are particularly important and of more than special interest (only 5.5% of listed buildings in the country are Grade II*).
In its earliest days, the site boasted an ancient chapel dedicated to St Mary Magdalene, but sadly this no longer exists. The oldest parts of St Briochus’ date to medieval times: the high altar was rededicated in 1336, and part of the chancel dates from even earlier than that. The rest of this elegant and spacious church is 15th century – including its fine Norman tower – and it is an exceptional example of Perpendicular architecture.
St Briochus’ is a beautiful village church, more than worth a visit for its charming architecture and its stunning rural setting.