St Petrock's, Lydford


Church Services

1st Sunday 11.00 Morning Prayer
2nd, 4th Sunday 11.00 Holy Communion
3rd Sunday 11.00 Matins
5th Sunday Benefice Service (see notices)

Church Information:

Lydford Church is dedicated to St Petroc, an itinerant Welsh monk who was preaching in the West Country in the 6th Century. The current building is thought to be situated where St Petroc sheltered during his stays in this area.

n the ancient West Devonshire village of Lydford, St Petrock's (sometimes pronounced 'Petroc') is a Norman church but is founded on an earlier settlement. A small timber church probably stood on the site, built about 650AD. It was dedicated in honour of St. Petroc, a 6th century Celtic missionary who came from Wales (via Ireland) and brought the Gospel to many parts of Devon and Cornwall. The timber church was probably burnt down by Danish raiders in 997. It was rebuilt in Norman times, enlarged in the 13th century, and in the 15th century the tower and the south aisle were added.

Notable features of the church include the Saxon or early Norman Font, made of Hurdwick stone, the pews with their fine carved bench-ends with figures representing the Prophets, Martyrs and Saints of the Holy Church, border ornamentation based on the Benedicite: 'All the works of the Lord', and portraying the flora and fauna of the West Country. The Watchmaker's Tomb (now sited inside the church to prevent further damage from the elements) bears a unique epitaph describing George Routleigh as if he were a clock himself.


Safeguarding Policy

for Lydford PCC

The following policy statement was agreed at the PCC meeting held on 12.09.2017

‘As members of the PCC we commit our church community to the support, nurture, protection and safeguarding of all, especially the young and vulnerable. We recognise that our work with children, young people and vulnerable adults is the responsibility of the whole church community. We are fully committed to acting within current legislation, guidance, national frameworks and the Diocesan Safeguarding procedures. We will also act in an open, transparent and accountable way in working in partnership with the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser, Children and Adult Social Care Services, the Police, Probation Services and other agencies to safeguard children and vulnerable adults. We welcome staff and volunteers who are recruited in accordance with House of Bishops’ Interim Guidelines on Safer Recruitment 2013. This means we will ensure that those who are employed or who volunteer to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults are suitable for the role, that they know what the role entails and that they are supported in carrying it out.’

• The PCC offers a range of activities and services for the community. This, therefore, means there are a range of individuals engaging in these opportunities. The PCC must ensure that all involved are vigilant that vulnerable persons are looked after and concerns reported in the appropriate manner.

• In accordance with the latest legal requirements and national church guidance we undertake to exercise proper care in the selection, appointment, training and support of those working in both paid and voluntary positions with children or vulnerable adults, including the use of Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosures and making appropriate referrals to the Disclosure and Barring Service.

• All staff and volunteers who work with vulnerable peoplehave the opportunity to take up the provision of Diocese safeguarding training.

• As part of the PCC local safeguarding training we have discussed and practiced responding in an appropriate and timely way. This has involved some scenario planning for situations when, for example,
o a child/vulnerable adult may disclose something that has upset or harmed them
- someone else might report something that a child/vulnerable adult has told them, or that they believe that a child/vulnerable adult has been or is being harmed
- a child/vulnerable adult might show signs of physical injury for which there appears to be no explanation
- a child/vulnerable adult behaviour may suggest he or she is being abused
- the behaviour or attitude of someone towards a child/vulnerable adult may cause concern
- a child demonstrates worrying behaviour towards other children.

• If you have a Safeguarding concern surrounding a person involved with Lydford Parish Church please contact the Parish Safeguarding Officer:
• Mary Barkell 01822 820272; The Devon Multi Agency Safeguarding Hub (MASH) on 0345 155 1071 or the NSPCC. Contact them via the website,, via email phone 0808 800 5000. If you think an individual is in immediate risk of hard please contact the Police on 999.

• If there is a concern the Diocesan Safeguarding Adviser will be contacted in a timely manner. We will also contact other organisations, these include but are not limited to:
- the parish’s insurer
- Disclosure and Barring Service
- Charity Commissioners

• The PCC is committed to co-operate fully with the Diocese and appropriate statutory agencies during any investigation into abuse, including when allegations are made against a member of the church community

• We will seek to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.

• Identification of the people within the PCC and the parish who hold formal responsibilities for safeguarding (such as safeguarding representatives, people who are advertised as being safe to report a concern to, etc), with a summary of their responsibilities.

This policy will be reviewed on …Sept 2019



2017 - Christingle making workshop and childrens party

Christingle making workshop and childrens party afterwards which took place in the Nicholls Hall on 23rd December. The entertainer was Mr Phil and kept the children occupied and amused for an hour!

More Photos in the Church Gallery

A Christingle Workshop - 23rd December 2016

A Christingle Workshop, Tea Party with Games took place at the Nicholls Hall on 23rd December

More Photos in the Church Gallery

August 2016

Some visitors from churches in Exeter Diocese came to Lydford on 11th August 2016 to look at our lighting.

Saturday 7th May : Nicholls Hall, Lydford 7.30pm - 'The Old Lych Way'

A premier screening of a short film titled ‘The Old Lych Way’ to be followed by a performance of 10 songs by the 30 strong widely acclaimed choir’ The Lost Sound Chorus who are based at Buckfastleigh.

Earlier this year Devon composer Chris Holborn wrote a song entitled ‘The Old Lych Way’ about a medieval funeral procession from Bellever to St. Petroc’s, Lydford. Without giving too much away the song tells the story of a farmer’s funeral procession and the interaction between the various mourners. There are some unexpected twists and turns and tensions along the way.
Lydford is very fortunate that the choir have agreed to premiere the 8 minute long video at the Nicholls Hall on Saturday 7th May starting at 7.30 p.m. This will be followed by a concert of 10 folk-based and other contemporary pieces including The Padre about a chaplain serving at the Front during the First World War. The choir will be performing this piece in Exeter Cathedral to commemorate the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear a top-class ensemble singing original music in its own particular style. It will be a treat.

Tickets cost £5 each and are available from Mary Barkell (01822 820272) email



February 2016

The oak tower screen has recently been cleaned and polished by Graham and Christine Huggins which prompted research on its age. It was found prior to the fitting in 1873 (considerably older than the rood screen, reredos and pews) there was a gallery where the musicians were seated with children behind. At that time ringing was done from the floor which was removed at the same time as the gallery (1873).

Easter Sunday 2016

Baptism at the Easter Sunday Service 27th March 2016, with Revd Adrian Brook



February 2016

The oak tower screen has recently been cleaned and polished by Graham and Christine Huggins which prompted research on its age. It was found prior to the fitting in 1873 (considerably older than the rood screen, reredos and pews) there was a gallery where the musicians were seated with children behind. At that time ringing was done from the floor which was removed at the same time as the gallery (1873).

November 2015

We have just had new low energy lighting and sensory lights installed and this has highlighted the beautiful carvings in the church in a way we have not been able to see before.
For more information click here

From left to right are Christine and Graham Huggins
who have cleaned the rood screen, Mary Barkell who has cleaned
the carved pew ends and the Rev Adrian Brook Team Vicar at the back.

27th September 2015 - invaded by a film crew

On the afternoon of the 27th September St Petroc’s was invaded by a film crew (all four of them plus dog) and sundry cast members. They were all involved in shooting a video to accompany a score composed by Chris Hoban about a fictional journey along the Lych Way to bury a farmer from Bellever. The sound track had been pre-recorded by The Lost Sound, a choir based in Buckfastleigh and they wanted to make a video to accompany the music. The choir provided the cast members themselves. Filming took place at various locations along the way. The scenes shot at St Petroc’s included the coffin and funeral procession entering the church, the service inside and a mock burial in the churchyard. The cast members were all dressed in medieval costume to befit a story based on events which would have taken place so many hundreds of years ago.

It was not exactly a point and shoot exercise, but took from 2 o’clock when the advance guard arrived till 7 o’clock when the light was beginning to fade.

It is hoped that the premiere will take place in Lydford on 7th May 2016. Watch this space!


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Where we are:

Lydford, Devon

      EX20 4BH

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