SX5084 : Lydford: St Petrock's Church

taken 15 years ago, near to Lydford, Devon, England

Lydford: St Petrock's Church
Lydford: St Petrock's Church
The church is dedicated to St Petrock, a Welsh monk who travelled extensively throughout the West Country in the 6th century and who died in 564. There are at least twenty-seven churches in Devon and Cornwall which bear his name. St Petroc is an alternative spelling.

The churchyard contains the tomb of one George Routleigh, an 18th century watchmaker, but what is remarkable is the epitaph on the gravestone (which is now mounted on a wall inside the church). It reads:-

Here lies in horizontal position
The outside case of
George Routleigh, Watchmaker
Whose abilities in that line were an honour
To his profession
Integrity was his main spring
And prudence the regulator
Of all the actions of his life
Humane generous and liberal
His hand never stopped
Till he had relieved distress
So nicely regulated were all his motions
That he never went wrong
Except when set agoing
By people
Who did not know
His key.
Even then he was easily
Set right again
He had the art of disposing his time
So well
That his hours glided away
In one continual round
Of pleasure and delight
Till an unlucky minute put a period to
His existence
He departed this life
Novr 14 1802
Aged 57
In hopes of being taken in hand
By his Maker
And of being thoroughly cleaned, repaired
And set agoing
In the world to come

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Category: Church
This photo is linked from: Automatic Clusters: · West Devon [34] · Lydford Church [12] · Inside [6] · Spring [3] · Devon and Cornwall [2] · Line [2] ·
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SX5084, 164 images   (more nearby 🔍)
Nigel Cox   (more nearby)
Date Taken
Monday, 6 October, 2008   (more nearby)
Saturday, 25 October, 2008
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 509 847 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:38.5879N 4:6.6066W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SX 508 847
View Direction
East-northeast (about 67 degrees)
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