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Stoke Pero, Somerset

(51°10′46″N, 3°36′18″W)
Stoke Pero
SS 879 435
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
medieval unknown
now unknown
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
5 May 2005

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Only 3 km as the raven flies from the relatively large and accessible village of Porlock, Stoke Pero church — at just over 300 m above OD, perched on scant pasture on the very edge of Exmoor, with only one farm nearby — is remote and not easily accessible. As a notice in the porch claims: ‘The most isolated and highest church of Exmoor, 1013 feet above sea level.’ This altitude gives superb views in good weather across the Bristol Channel to Wales and up it to the rest of the Somerset coast as far as Portishead and even to Gloucestershire on the W side of the Severn. This is very rough terrain, the N flank of Exmoor on which Stoke Pero church stands is many-folded into deep combes with their hanging oakwoods and rushing streams: picturesque to the ‘romantic’ degree.

The church consists of a W tower, an undivided nave, a chancel and a N porch. The Romanesque sculptural elements consist of the font and the tower arch.


Domesday Book records that the estate was owned by Roger de Courseulles.


Interior Features


Tower/Transept arches




Historic England listing 1174803.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of Britain: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 301.