St Petroc's does
its very best to serve this scattered rural area and has succeeded
in creating a loving, caring community. We still have a Sunday
school and monthly family services and are always looking for new
and innovative ways of engaging with those who don't normally come.
High points of the year are the farming festivals and Easter and
Christmas, but even between times there is plenty of life in this
ancient and beautiful church. If you would like to join us you would
be most welcome.
From our churchyard
we can look south to the moors and westwards towards our sister
parishes. To the north, in the valley, lies the steeple of
Hatherleigh. Beyond is the sea, crossed by St Petroc and his fellow
missionaries over 1, 500 years ago
To the right of the cobbled path approaching the porch is the
substantial base of an ancient cross. The raised ground testifies to
the antiquity of the site. The oldest structures, the lower courses
of the tower and the finely decorated font, are Norman but the shape
of our church, as we know it, with the light stone arcade and
perpendicular windows, belongs to the fifteenth century.
High in the NE window are "our Inwardleigh angels": two exquisitely
worked examples of 14th century stained glass. Above the exterior of
the north door is a massive dripstone surmounted by an empty niche
once containing a small statue, probably of the Virgin. The east
window has an attractive figure, in late Victorian glass, of Our
Lord, the Good Shepherd.
The church was vigorously "restored" in 1899 but many interesting
glazed Barum tiles (c.1650) remain at the foot of the chancel step.
There are two piscinas, a priests' door (c.1718), and the Royal Arms
of George III in the north aisle. The lion has a quizzical
expression, and would seem to have brothers and sisters in the
locality. Our records date back to 1605. A transcript is kept in the