St Martin by Looe church

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St Martin by Looe

The church of St Keyne and St Martin is easily found alongside the main easterly road into East Looe. It is probably invisible from the sea and thus safely hidden from the coast and any marauding pirates.

There was much we wanted to see but we were denied for the church is only open 9-5 on weekdays between April and September when volunteers are in attendance.

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St Martin by Looe Norman doorway

The glory, according to the books, is the Norman doorway, one of the best in Cornwall (Pevsner). It is certainly impressive.

The other unusual feature is the d-shaped tower. A square staircase rises up one corner of the tower giving it an oddly eccentric shape and making the tower windows appear off-centre. Antony has a similarly-shaped  tower.

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