St Torney's Church, North Hill, Cornwall

North Hill, Launceston, PL15 7PQ
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Currently closed for repairs
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One of the tallest towers in Cornwall

This beautiful Grade I listed church sits in the village of North Hill on the edge of Bodmin Moor. The tall tower, richly decorated interior and impressive scale of the church is surprising considering the size of the village, speaking of the wealth and importance of North Hill in the past.

The Church is dedicated to St Torney, a Cornish Saint and it is thought that a church in some form has existed on this site since Norman times. There is a Norman font in the church but the C14th chancel is the earliest part of the building. Most of the building you see today, including the beautiful wagon roof and impressive arcading, dates from the C15th and early C16th century.

St Torney is the parish church associated with the manor and estate of Trebartha and boasts an impressive array of monuments, memorials and stained glass with some diverse, fine, rare and significant examples. Look out for the impressive Trebartha monument featuring large scale monuments of Henry Spoure (who died in 1688 at ten years old) and his family.  A second intriguing monument to another Henry Spoure features an incised and painted skull.

If the name North Hill seems familiar, you might recognise it from Daphne Du Maurier’s 1936 literary classic Jamaica Inn. St Torney’s features in the book, and the Jamaica Inn itself is located a short distance from the village!

In April 2022, St Torney’s was placed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It’s currently closed as it is undergoing essential repair and conservation work and will be open in Spring/Summer 2024. Watch this space for more information.

  • Access information

    St Torney’s is situated in the centre of North Hill village next to the Village Hall. The church is currently closed to the public whilst new vesting renovation work is taking place. St Torney’s will be open for a day during Heritage Open Days 2023 – keep an eye on the Heritage Open Days website for more info


  • Disabled access information
    Access to the building is via the south porch. The porch itself provides step free access. Once through the porch, there is low step down to reach the nave. Access within the nave is step free. There is one step to reach the chancel and a further two steps to reach the altar in the sanctuary
  • Facilities & Hire
    Once St Torney’s Church reopens there will be opportunities to hire the building for services and events. Please note there is currently no heating, running water, electricity or toilet facilities.
  • Directions
    Located between the A30 and A388 near the eastern edge of Bodmin Moor, St Torney’s is just off the B3254 in North Hill village.
  • Transport
    The nearest train station is Okehampton, 27 miles to the east. There are buses to Launceston and onwards to North Hill via Liskeard (find out more on Traveline South West).
  • History & Further Information
    Cornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide

    This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

  • Community information

    All our Cornwall churches are in our West region.

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