Lanreath is a civil parish and a village in southeast Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. The village is situated five miles (8 km) west-northwest of Looe. The name Lanreath (pronounced Lanreth) means 'church (Lann) of Raydhogh' and it has been known variously as Lanreythow, Lanrathew, or Lanrethou. The village is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Lanredoch.
Lanreath parish is entirely rural in character; apart from scattered farmsteads, the only two settlements are the hamlet of Bocaddon and Lanreath village. The parish is bordered to the west by Boconnoc and St Veep parishes, to the south by Pelynt parish, to the east by Duloe parish, and to the north by St Pinnock parish.
The former Lanreath primary school closed in 2007 with a roll of only 11 pupils. A BBC documentary, Power to the People, was broadcast about the plight of rural villages and the closure of Lanreath CE Primary School.
Lanreath has a small museum, the Lanreath Farm and Folk Museum which has preserved artefacts illustrating the everyday life of the people of the district in earlier times. From small beginnings in the 1960s the Facey family have enlarged the museum to the present varied range of exhibits.
Lanreath was part of the Liskeard Rural District from 1894 until 1974.
One of the many maps available on A Vision of Britain through Time is one from the Ordnance Survey Series of 1900 illustrating the parish boundaries of Cornwall at the turn of the 20th century. This map blows up to show all the parishes and many of the small villages and hamlets.
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