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Inwardleigh Church of St Petroc

Serving the community of Inwardleigh and Folly Gate


From Reverend Stephen Cook

St Petroc’s Inwardleigh serves the small village of Inwardleigh and the growing village of Folly Gate. It holds services every Sunday and it’s small but loyal congregation have worked hard to look after it and nurture its life.

The tower can be seen from across the parish and the bells ring out calling us to worship. The church can be packed for special occasions and there are very few people in the area who don’t have some kind of connection there. Major efforts are currently underway to repair the crumbling tower and re-order the interior.

Team Rector:
Reverend Prebendary Stephen Cook

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
Faith Guide…
Faith Guide
Seek first God’s kingdom and his righteousness and all these things will be yours as well. Do not worry about tomorrow; tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

Matthew 6:33-34

Regular Church Services at Inwardleigh Church of St Petroc

Church Services
Morning Prayer
Holy Communion
Other special services as announced

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

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Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
Notable Quotes…
Notable Quotes
Faith is the strength by which a shattered world shall emerge into the light.

Helen Keller

Contact the Inwardleigh Church team

Reverend Stephen Cook

Team Rector: Reverend Prebendary Stephen Cook

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Dot Cleave

Telephone: 01837 53812

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Julieann Bingham

Telephone: 07811 289719

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Janet Trerise

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.

Telephone: 01837 52016

Reverend Gillian George

Team Curate: Reverend Gillian George

Help for Visitors

Opening Times, Accessibility, Worship, & MUSIC & ABOUT THE BUILDING

Regular opening times

Monday to Sunday: Usually open during daylight hours.

Closing times

When are we closed: Sometime, when?

Find the Church & more information

St. Petroc Parish Church
Devon EX20 3AN

Church hall hire

Apologies, we do not have a church hall for hire.

Events & activites

Inwardleigh Church of St Petroc history

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 vestry.

Ken Williams

Safeguarding Policy

We take the safety of everybody in these parishes very seriously.

If you or someone you know is being abused, is at risk of being abused, or presents a risk to others, or if you have concerns but are not sure, our Safeguarding Advisor is here to give advice and support in confidence.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Janet Trerise, Telephone 01837 52016.

You can also contact the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team on or phone 01392 294929.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to you or anyone else please call 999 and report your concern to the police. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer Janet Trerise can support you in this.

Our full safeguarding policy is explained here on this page, along with information about a range of local and national organisations that can help.