MEM24819 - St Petrock's Churchyard, Churchtown, Parracombe (Building)


The church was alledgedly founded in 525AD, with the earliest fabric of the current building dating to the 12th Century.

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SS 6747 4495. St Peter's Church [TU]. [1] St. Peter's Church (Mortuary Chapel) was formerly called St. Helen's Church. [2,3] Formerly the parish church, until it was superceded by Christ Church nearer the village centre in 1878. [4] St. Petroc is a Cornish saint better known in the Bodmin and Padstow area. There is a tradition that St. Petroc built a small church of cob and wattle with a straw roof almost 1500 years ago. The siting of the 12th Century church and the primary school away from the village centre is probably a reflection of the fact that they each were built to serve a large parish. Their situation was thus considered more convenient than close to the valley bottom. The church was dedicated to St. Petrock. First church built here by St. Petrock circa 525 AD on his arrival from South Wales. The original building was constructed of cob and wattle and thatched with straw. The structure has undergone many rebuildings. [5,6] St Peter's Church marked the Ordnance Survey 6 inch map. [7] Chanter notes the early dedication to the Celtic saint, St. Petrock. [8] The former Parish Church of St. Petroc is a landmark building with a remarkable history. Some sources suggest it was founded by William of Falaise, a close relative of William the Conqueror. The graveyard was used for burials until 1971. [9] The churchyard has been mapped from data on the 2018 MasterMap. [11]

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  • <1> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1905. 6 Inch Map: 1905. 1:10560.
  • <2> Verbal communication: Various. Various. Oral Information. J.F. Chanter, Rector.
  • <3> Unpublished document: BUCKLEY, MHB. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 August 1972.
  • <4> Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1999. The Buildings of England: Devon. Penguin Books. 2nd Edition. 624.
  • <5> Article in serial: Waterfield, R.. 1928. Proceedings at the 67th Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 60. P. 29.
  • <6> Monograph: Cresswell, B. F.. 1924. Notes on Devon Churches.
  • <7> Map: Ordnance Survey. 1903/38. 6 Inch: 1903-38. 1:10560.
  • <8> Article in serial: Chanter, J.F.. 1910. Christianity in Devon before AD 909. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 42.
  • <9> Report: Fisher, J.. 2004. Parracombe: Conservation Area Character Appraisal. 5, 7, 8, 11-12.
  • <10> Monograph: Bulmer-Thomas, I.. 1987. Guide to St Petrock's, Parracombe, Devon. Redundant Churches Fund.
  • <11>XY Map: Ordnance Survey. 2018. MasterMap. [Mapped feature: #46413 ]



Grid reference Centred SS 6747 4494 (62m by 49m)
Map sheet SS64SE

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  • Devon SMR (Devonshire): SS64SE/12
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2074
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2075
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2076
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 2077
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 37660
  • Devon SMR Monument ID: 37661
  • Devon SMR: SS64SE/12/3
  • Exmoor National Park Authority HER number: MDE7975
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1053
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE1068
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20134
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20135
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20136
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE20137
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21298
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MDE21299
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE11
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 64 SE26
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NBR Index Number: 51522
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 34702
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 34745

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Dec 10 2019 9:38AM


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