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St Martin's Church
St Martin’s Church Centre
Church Street
Liskeard
Cornwall
PL14 3AQ
Tel: 01579 347411 (Church Office)
Email: St Martin's Church 
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Font

The baptistry contains an old ornate font. Sadly, this is no longer used in baptisms today due to the complexity of raising the carved cover. However, it remains as a stunning feature in the church.

St Martin of Tours

 

On the north wall of the tower a single-paned stained glass window depicts St Martin, after whom the church is named.

St Martin of Tours was born in 316, the son of a senior officer in the Roman army.

 

As the son of a soldier, Martin in turn joined the army and was stationed at Amiens in France. Here he had a vision that he was at the gates of the city of Amiens with his soldiers when he met a beggar with hardly any clothing. He impulsively cut his own military cloak in half and shared it with the beggar. That night he dreamed of Jesus wearing the half-cloak he had given away and heard Jesus say to the angels: "Here is Martin, the Roman soldier who is not baptised; he has clad me."

Martin became the Bishop of Tours. He died in 397 and his shrine became a stopping place for pilgrims on route to Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain.

The window shows St Martin cutting his cloak in half. Underneath, the inscription reads “I have kept the faith”.

West window

The window above the west door shows the four gospel writers, with their symbols underneath: Matthew (Man), Mark (Lion), Luke (Ox) and John (Eagle).  Each is also depicted holding his gospel.

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