Originally, the church in Liskeard was owned by the Prior of St Stephen’s in Launceston. In 1428 the Prior granted the mayor and parishioners of Liskeard (Leskyrd) the right to build a chapel or aisle adjoining the chancel of the existing church on the southern side. This created the south aisle and Lady Chapel of today. In 1430 another deed allowed the chapel to be built anew and in a better manner, creating the south chancel aisle. A third deed in 1477 empowered the mayor and parishioners to construct arches and necessary works, and to erect a chapel or addition to the north side, creating the north aisle.
The building of the current tower started in 1901, replacing an earlier one. The new tower, containing a full peel of eight bells, was opened and dedicated by the Bishop of Truro on 3rd January 1903. The west door, originally built in 1627, was preserved in the reconstruction. These dates can still be seen on the outside of the west end of the church. A plaque on the south wall of the tower, near the choir vestry, shows the costs of the reconstruction.
Today the St Martin’s church comprises chancel, nave, north aisle, south aisle, Lady Chapel, two vestries and a tower. At 136 feet from east to west and 58 feet at its widest, St Martin's Church is one of the largest in Cornwall.
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