Church of St Michael & All Angels, Princetown, Devon
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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.
19 December 2023 - 19 December 2023
Enjoy Christmas Carols with the Community Choir
From Tavistock Road through iron gates and up a gravel path to the north porch. Up one step over drainage channel and further step to nave floor. Two sets of doors.
Facilities & Hire
Princetown church is available to hire for events and is a unique and beautiful venue. Due to its historic nature the church has no heating, running water or toilet facilities so thought needs to be given for events longer than a couple of hours (e.g. portaloo hire). There is electricity at Princetown St Michael & All Angel's and it can seat up to 200 people. If you would like to hire this church please contact us here.
4 miles east of Tavistock, off B3557
Nearest railway station: Bere Alston (9.8 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Cornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide
Princetown Church Plan
Click the link above to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!
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