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St Petrock, Lydford, Devon

(50°38′34″N, 4°6′36″W)
SX 509 847
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
17 September 2005

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Feature Sets

The church comprises chancel, nave with N and S aisles and S porch, and W tower. There is some early 13thc. evidence in the chancel. The S aisle, porch and tower were added in the 15thc. The N aisle and vestry were added when the church was restored in 1889-90 by S. Hooper of Hatherleigh. The fabric of the church is mainly granite blocks, the S vestry and S aisle are mixed granite and shale. The plain font is the only 12thc. feature.


Lydford appears twice in the Domesday Book. The first record states that Wado of Broadnymett held land here before the Conquest. By 1086 Roger was Lord and Ralph of Pomeroy was tenant-in-chief (34, 3.). The second record has King Edward as Lord before the Conquest and King William as Lord and tenant-in-chief in 1086 (1, 2.).





F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 191.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 34, 3 and 1, 2.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 549.