MSO7332 - Stoke Pero Church and Churchyard (Building)


The church dates from medieval times but was reroofed and extensively restored in 1897 by Sir Thomas Acland, restored again in 1955. The tower, however, dates to the 13th Century. It has a baluster font.

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The dedication of Stoke Pero church is not known. Nothing remains of the old church except the tower and the porch and such of the materials as could be utilised in building the present church in 1897. The old church, which had no foundations, was much decayed on removal and probably took the place of a still older and smaller church. The list of rectors goes back to 1242. [1] The church is in normal use. A notice in the church states that the parton saint is not known. [2] Church. Save for one whitewashed farmhouse all alone in its fold of Exmoor. It must be one of the most solitary churches in Somerset. Only a farm-track leads to it. West tower of only one stage and a bit. Probably meant to go up higher. Covered with a saddleback roof. Nave and chancel in one. Straight-headed windows. Doorway of wood, a two-centred arch. Tower arch round on the simplest imposts (Norman or poor local workmanship?). [3] Parish church, dedication unknown. 13th Century tower, 1897 church and tower reroofed and extensively restored, restored again 1955. Three bay nave and chancel without division. [5] The church stands 1013 feet above sea level and as such is the highest church on Exmoor. When the new fountains were dug in 1897 three sets of human remains were uncovered from directly under the old north wall, suggesting that the 13th Century church had been built on the site of an older churchyard. The church font is medieval in date and the communion chalice (which is no longer kept in the church) dates to 1574. [7] The buildings were visited in June 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. They received a BAR score of 6. [8]

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  • <1> Monograph: Healey, C.E.C. 1901. History of part of West Somerset. P. 243-5.
  • <2> Unpublished document: PITCHER, GHP. Field Investigators Comments. Ordnance Survey visit, 22 June 1965.
  • <3> Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1958. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. P. 224-5.
  • <4> Map: Ordnance Survey. Various. Ordnance Survey Map (Scale / Date) . OS 6" 1930.
  • <5> Index: 5/6/1985. 34th List of Buildings of Special Architectural or Historic Interest, District of West Somerset (Somerset).
  • <6> Monograph: Allen, N.V.. 1974. Churches and Chapels of Exmoor. Exmoor Press. P. 80.
  • <7> Monograph: Usmar, J.. 1990. Stoke Pero, Exmoor: Church and Parish.
  • <8> Report: Lawrence, G.. 2014. Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13.



Grid reference Centred SS 8784 4349 (45m by 37m)
Map sheet SS84SE

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  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 444/5/58
  • Church Heritage Record ID: 601481
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10571
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO12037
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 84 SE11
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • NRHE HOB UID (Pastscape): 35977
  • Somerset SMR PRN (Somerset): 33676
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31044
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 34879

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May 26 2021 2:40PM


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