St Petrock, Parracombe, Devon

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The church originally comprised a 13thc. nave, chancel and W tower,  Modifications were carried out to the nave in the 15thc and 16thc and the S aisle, S porch and vestry (abutting the chancel) were added at this time.  The font is the only 12thc. feature and is believed to have come from the church of St Martin, Martinhoe, having been found in the garden of the Rector of Martinhoe (Bulner-Thomas 1995, 3). 


Before the Conquest Parracombe was held by Brictwold. By 1086 William of Falaise was Lord and tenant-in-chief. 





Located next to the easternmost pier of the S aisle.  The font rests on clustered piers and an octagonal plinth, both modern. The bowl is round, and crudely made with heavy tooling marks. It has a step in its lower half about 0.10 m deep. The rim stands proud and varies in depth from 0.07 m to 0.09 m. There are modern inserts on opposite sides of the bowl where the lid fixings were located.  These are about 0.28 m wide and 0.08 m deep. The font is not lined.  

diameter 0.55 m
height of bowl 0. 36 m
internal depth of bowl 0.25 m
total height including plinth 1.13 m
total height not including plinth 0.75 m



  • I. Bulner-Thomas, St Petrock's Church, Parracombe, Devon (church guide), Horncastle, 1995, 

  • F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 222.

  • C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 20, 3. 

  • N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 624.

Font, general view.


Site Location
National Grid Reference
SS 669 449 
now: Devon
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Devon
now: Exeter
medieval: Exeter
now: St Petrock
medieval: unknown
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Hazel Gardiner 
Visit Date
5 June 2001