Warleggan, Cornwall, England

Warleggan Church

A Christmas Custom

The custom of Apple-Wassailing takes place here on Christmas Eve. The custom involves men going with their wassail bowl into an orchard and moving about the trees. Slices of bread or toast are laid at the roots and sometimes tied to branches. Cider is also poured over the tree roots. The ceremony is said to "bless" the trees to produce a good crop in the forthcoming season.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain by Antony D. Hippisley Coxe.

The Vicarage

The path to the vicarage is reputedly haunted by the ghost of one Reverend F. W. Densham. The clergyman was unpopular amongst his parishoners, to say the least. They boycotted his sermons, due to his autocratic nature. However, this situation made him somewhat of a local celebrity and drew reporters from as far afield as the USA. His death at the vicarage in 1953 has not seemed to dampen his desire to return to there.


For further information, please read Haunted Britain and Ireland by Richard Jones.


Visitor Information

Warleggan or Warleggon (Cornish: Gorlegan) is a civil parish on the southern edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall, England.

The parish is roughly oblong in shape with hamlets near the church and at Mount.

Pictured left is Warleggan Church courtesy of Len Williams. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.