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

Summary

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 [2,3] Formerly the parish church, until it was superceded by Christ Church nearer the village centre in 1878.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 structure has undergone many rebuildings. 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.[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] The Historic England Archive holds several photographs of the churchyard. [12-18] This record was enhanced as part of the National Record of the Historic Environment to Exmoor National Park Historic Environment Record data transfer project. [19]

Sources/Archives (19)

  • <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 Unpublished document: BUCKLEY, MHB.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, F1, 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 ]
  • <12> Photograph: Unknown. 1970. View of St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, from the south-west. Unknown. Print.
  • <13> Photograph: Unknown. 1900-1930. View of the doorway to St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, with collapsed stonework in the porch. Unknown. Postcard.
  • <14> Photograph: Unknown. 1900-1930. View of the disused St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, from the south-west, showing damaged stonework on the tower. Unknown. Postcard.
  • <15> Photograph: Unknown. 1900-1930. View of the east end of the disused St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, from the south-east, showing damaged roof tiles. Unknown. Postcard.
  • <16> Photograph: Unknown. 1900-1930. View of the disused St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, from the south, with a woman and children standing at the gate. Unknown. Postcard.
  • <17> Photograph: Pearce, B.. 2002. Church of St Petrocks. Colour. Digital.
  • <18> Photograph: Unknown. 1970. View of St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, from the south-east. Unknown. Print.
  • <19> Digital archive: Historic England. Various. National Record of the Historic Environment (NRHE) entry. 34702, Extant 9 November 2021.

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Location

Grid reference Centred SS 6747 4494 (62m by 49m)
Map sheet SS64SE
Civil Parish PARRACOMBE, NORTH DEVON, DEVON

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Other Statuses/References

  • 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
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34702
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 34745

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Nov 9 2021 1:24PM

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