St Tallanus

Talland Reredos, Altar and Panelling
Reredos, Altar and Panelling at Talland

The church stands in a beautiful situation above Talland Bay and is notable for its detached tower, a wealth of fifteenth- and sixteenth-century carved bench ends, and two of the most outstanding slate monuments in Cornwall (Beacham & Pevsner, 2014).

Reredos, Altar and Panelling – Photograph (PWDRO 244/5); 1907

The ornately carved reredos and altar, together with the more plain panelling, are from 1907 and are ‘of good workmanship’ (Talland, undated p. 8). The carved panels on the front of the altar appear to be from a much older piece, perhaps from the rood screen dismantled in the restoration of 1848-50, although this is not mentioned in the guide.


Beacham, P. & Pevsner, N. (2014) The Buildings of England. Cornwall. Yale University Press, London.

PWDRO 244/5 Photograph Album. Various. Woodcarvings.

Talland (undated) Talland Church Cornwall.