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Altarnun ( ), ( ) is a village and civil parish in Cornwallmarker, United Kingdommarker. The village is on the north-eastern edge of Bodmin Moormarker. The parish includes the village of Fivelanes and hamlets of Treween and Trewint, and had a population of 976 according to the 2001 census. The area of the parish is 15,018 acres, the largest in Cornwall

The moorland area of the parish is large and lies west of the village towards Rough Tormarker and southwards towards Dozmary Poolmarker. There is a large conifer plantation at Wilsey Down Forest (Halvana Plantation). The village is in the valley of the Penpont Water and the parish is divided by the A30 trunk road which passes through Fivelanes which was once an important stopping place for stage coaches.

Parish Church of St Nonna

Being the largest parish church on Bodmin Moormarker, the church of St Nonna is also known as The Cathedral of the Moor. It is a fine building largely of the 15th century in Perpendicular style, with a tower 109 ft high. It is notable for the fine Norman font and the amount of old woodwork, including the screen, bench-ends and communion rails (dated 1684 but Jacobean in style). The 79 bench-end carvings were executed by Robert Daye between 1510 and 1530 (Pevsner attributes them to 1524 or later) and portray a range of subjects including a Cornish piper and fiddler (Daye's name is given on one but the date is illegible) also one of the damaged pew ends was repaired to its former glory by the late local master joiner Douglas Edwards in the 1980s. The dedication is to Saint Non or Nonna, who was the mother of St David.

Langdon (1896) records seven stone crosses in the parish, of which one is in the churchyard.

Wesleyan Methodism in Altarnun

John Wesley often visited Trewint (lodging in Digory Isbell's home): this is now a museum of Wesley and Methodism. (The former Wesleyan chapel of Altarnun has the head of Wesley carved over the door by Neville Northey Burnard.)

Language and culture

Altarnun features in the novel Jamaica Innmarker by Daphne du Maurier. The village was also the birthplace of sculptor Neville Northey Burnard (1818-1878). It was surveyed for the Survey of English Dialects.

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