Church of St Michael & All Angels, Princetown, Devon

Address: Tavistock Road, Princetown, Yelverton, Devon, PL20 6RE
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A church built by prisoners of war

This simple, slender-towered Dartmoor church was built between 1812-14 by prisoners captured in the Napoleonic Wars with France, and the War of 1812 with the United States - they were held at Dartmoor prison.

Cherry and Pevsner describe the location on Dartmoor as 'unquestionably the bleakest place in Devon'. It is 436 metres above sea level and exposed to high winds and twice the national average rain fall.

The walls are of local granite and the interior is as plain as the exterior. The east window contains stained glass of 1910 in memory of the American prisoners who helped to build the church.

 

We are urgently in need of funds to conserve the east window, which is at risk from the harsh Dartmoor weather

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Road directions

4 miles east of Tavistock, off B3557

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Bere Alston (9.8 miles)

OS Reference No.

SX 587 737

What’s on & news

News

16/07/14 Wendy Leaney impressed the judges with her skillfully sculpted creation made out of homemade lime and elderflower cordial

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Lydford Gorge

Lydford Gorge
National Trust property

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town
Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower on a mound, built as a prison.

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Useful information

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You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.





 

PDF iconA walk round guide for Church of St Michael & All Angels, Princetown (PDF, 532kb)

This short, full colour walk round guide contains a floor plan of the church and highlights of things to see during your visit. You can purchase a printed copy of this from the church (50p) or download in advance (free/optional donation).

PDF iconCornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Lydford Castle and Saxon Town

Lydford Castle and Saxon Town Beautifully sited on the fringe of Dartmoor, Lydford boasts three defensive features. Near the centre is a 13th-century tower on a mound, built as a prison. http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/lydford-castle-and-saxon-town

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (29 Jun 2011, 13:50)

    Visited this lovely church last year. It is a pity that it is not open all the year round for prayer and visitors

  2. Ena Wells (18 Jul 2011, 12:06)

    It was great to see this church come alive again on Saturday 16th July '11 when The Tamar Valley Male Voice Choir were singing for The Churches Conservation Trust. The concert was very well supported and a very enjoyable evening.

  3. Judi Sloman (21 Nov 2011, 16:10)

    We were married at this church in February 1968 and we have lived in Tavistock ever since. We shall try and be at the Carols next month. Visited in the summer and was happy to see it open again and we visit every Feburary around the time of our anniversary.(open or not)

  4. Alison (04 May 2012, 21:26)

    This was a vibrant and wonderful church where I was Christened and went to Sunday school with the amazing Rev. Proctor, when i was very small. I think it is a most beautiful church and was saddened to see it closed when I visited last year, but I'm very thankful it is looked after anyway. I remeber being an angel for a Nativity here around 1974 ish, Rev. Proctor is one of the most memorable people of my childhood xx

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Community information for Church of St Michael & All Angels, Princetown

 

All our Devon churches are in CCT’s West region.

About the Friends of St Michael & All Angels' Church

See website: http://www.princetownstmichaels.org.uk/

Useful local links

Visit Devon tourism website 

Devon tourism website 

Devon Family History Society 

Devon History Society 

Devon Historic Churches Trust 

List of churches in Devon 

Devon is in the Diocese of Exeter

International links

United States Daughers of 1812 (for information on the 1812 war and servicemen)

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

Close up of a mosaic at St Peter, Northampton

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Church of St Michael & All Angels, Princetown, Devon

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are two steps up into church

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.