St Petrox Church
Church at the mouth of the river is the oldest of Dartmouth's three parish
churches, the earliest reference being in 1192 when it is thought to
have been referred to in a deed as the 'monastery of St Peter'.
Believed to have provided a light at the harbour entrance, as well
as being for the use of residents in South Town (between Bayards
Cove and the harbour mouth) this area was at one time part of the
neighbouring parish of Stoke Fleming.
It may well be said that the builders 'builded better than they
knew' for whilst they sought to provide for the every-day needs of
their parish by an adequate church and cemetery, they have
bequeathed to thousands a powerful impression of the serenity and
strength of the Christian Church, founded upon a rock, which neither
wind nor wave shall destroy.
With its stunning location, St Petrox Church is most popular for
The building has limited electric light and heating which means that
it is in use mainly through the summer months when Sung Evensong
using the Book of Common Prayer, takes place each Sunday at 6.30pm
from Easter to September, although the building is open almost every
day. There is a said BCP Holy Communion service at 10.00am on the first
Tuesday of the month all year round.
Full details of all services are available
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