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St Petroc Church

Age group: 10+

Location: MID Cornwall


Contact: nr Bodmin, PL31 2LB

TEL: 01208 73867


Saint Petroc is a 6th century Celtic Christian saint and St Petroc's Church is one of four churches in the Bodmin Team Ministry. This is the largest parish church in Cornwall.


Saint Petroc’s is in the Anglican Diocese of Truro and it has another 'claim to fame' features as one of the thirty churches in the Songs of Praise Book, 'The Nations Favourite Churches'. As the book testifies, visitors are given a very warm welcome.


The earliest Life of Petroc states that he was the son of an unnamed Welsh king, so we can assume he was actually born in Wales. This was rewritten at Bodmin in the twelfth century in a version known as the 'Gotha Life' which states that he was a son of King Glywys of Glywysing.


Having established the monastery and church here, Petroc travelled widely, founding other churches, first in Little Petherick and Bodmin and then in many parts of Britain, Wales and Brittany.


The Celtic King Constantine ruled this area at that time and was said to have been converted to Christianity by St. Petroc, when the Saint rescued the deer that the King was hunting. There are many legends and tales about him of miracles, healings and the banishing of monsters.


When old and sick St Petroc was making his way home to Padstow, but didn't make it and he died just a few miles away at Treravel. The saint was finally carried home by his companions.



DID YOU KNOW..? St Petroc also became a popular saint in Brittany by the end of the tenth century.

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