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Lydford Church of St Petrock

Serving the community of Lydford and outlying areas


From Reverend Adrian Brook

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Team Vicar:
Reverend Adrian Brook

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
Faith Guide…
Faith Guide
Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.

Joshua 1:9

Regular Church Services at Lydford Church of St Petrock

Church Services
Morning Prayer
Holy Communion Book of Common Prayer
Holy Communion Common Worship
Benefice Service*
Prayer Book Morning Prayer**

* 5th Sunday is currently a Benefice Holy Communion rotating between Bridestowe, Lydford, Bratton Clovelly, Germansweek and Sourton. This is currently being reviewed.

** The Prayer Book Morning Prayer lasts about 15 mins.

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

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Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
Notable Quotes…
Notable Quotes

If you can’t fly, then run, If you can’t run, then walk, If you can’t walk, then crawl, but whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward.

Martin Luther King Jr.

Contact the Lydford Church team

Reverend Adrian Brook

Team Vicar: Reverend Adrian Brook

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Michael Crocker

Telephone: 01822 820219

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Mary Barkell

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.

Telephone: 01822 820272

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: 8.30am until 5.30pm

Closing times

When are we closed: Sometime, when?


Wheelchair friendly access

The Church building and approach is level

No wheelchair ramp required

Assistance dogs welcome

Lydford public car park has spaces for 25 cars, 2 hours maximum stay, FREE

No hearing induction loop

No toilet facilities or disabled toilet

We do not have a Church car park

Worship & Music

Bell Ringing

Click here for more about bell ringing.


Book of Common Prayer Services

Common Worship

Regular Choir

Click here for more about our choir.

Miscellaneous help for visitors

Misc 1

Misc 2

Misc 3

Misc 4

Misc 5

About the building


Bell ringing & Choirs

Bell ringing

There are six bells, ringing takes place each Sunday morning at 10.15.

Ringing practice varies, currently Saturday mornings to accommodate two learners.


We have a small robed choir.

Practice is after the Sunday 11am service.

Find the Church & more information

Lydford Church
Village Square
Devon EX20 1RB

Church hall hire

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

Events & activites

Lydford Church of St Petrock history

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, 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

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 Mary Barkell, Telephone 01822 820272, Email

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 Mrs Mary Barkell 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.