St Petrock, Parracombe, Devon - 12th July 2003

An ancient church in the care of The Churches Conservation Trust.  The interior has original Georgian fittings, two hundred years old.  For the lover of English parish churches, this is a "must see" building.

Local tradition is that the present church was built by William of Falaise, a near relative of William the Conqueror, late in the eleventh century, the tower being added in 1182 and the chancel in 1252.

In 1879 fears about the structural stability of the church led to the building of a new church, Christ Church. Originally it was intended to build this on the same site, however a wave of protests about the proposed demolition of St Petrock's, led by John  Ruskin, resulted in the old church being retained as a Mortuary Chapel and the new church being sited in the centre of the village. 

The church was declared redundant in 1969 and was vested in the The Churches Conservation Trust in 1971, being the first to be so recommended. Today it is one of the most visited churches in the country and is still consecrated; we were told that the very week we visited the first wedding for twenty years had just been performed in the building.

St Petrock, Parracombe, Devon - 12th July 2003 - MTC

Nave - St Petrock, Parracombe, Devon - 12th July 2003 - MTC

The font is mediaeval, probably Norman, and was rescued from the Rectory garden at St Martin, Martinhoe and given to St Petrock's.  The cover is modern.

Font - St Petrock, Parracombe, Devon - 12th July 2003 - MTCPulpit - St Petrock, Parracombe, Devon - 12th July 2003 - MTC

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