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"St. Petrox Parish Church stands south of the town, immediately behind the castle, and is a very ancient structure, which has undergone many repairs and alterations. It has a low tower, containing five bells, and crowned by a very short spire. It had formerly a chantry, founded in the reign of Edward III., and the ancient manor house of Clifton stood near it. The living is a perpetual curacy, which has been augmented with Queen Anne's Bounty, and was valued in 1831 at £120. It is in the patronage of the rector of Stoke Fleming, and incumbency of the Rev. F.M. Walter, B.D. St. Petrox' Chapel of Ease stands in the Higher street, and was built by subscription in 1831, at the cost of about £2000. It is a plain Gothic structure, and many of the pews are free. . . . The late Sir John Henry Seale was created a baronet in 1838, and died in 1844. Sir H.P. Seale is . . . lord of the manor of South Town, comprising the parish of St. Petrox, and formerly belonging to the Fitzstephen, Fleming, Mohun, Carew, and Southcote families." [From White's Devonshire Directory (1850)]

A parish within the seaport, market town and borough of Dartmouth, in Coleridge Hundred, the Archdeaconry of Totnes and the Diocese of Exeter, that had 727 inhabitants in 1801.


MIs for this parish are included in the Devon FHS index - see under Cemeteries on the main Devon page.
Rogers, William Henry Hamilton: Brasses in Stoke Fleming, St Saviour's and St Petrock's, Dartmouth. (1906) [Westcountry Studies Library]


Transcript of the 1841 Census, from the Parishes of the South Hams website.

Church History

Dartmouth St Petrock - from J. Stabb. Some Old Devon Churches (London: 1908-16).

Adams, Maxwell. The Castle, Manor-House, and Church of Clifton, near Dartmouth. Trans. Devon Assoc. 32 (1900) pp.503-514.
Russell, Percy. The Story of St Petrox Church. (195-) [Westcountry Studies Library, Torquay Library]
Russell, Percy. St Petrox Church Dartmouth, (nd). [SoG DE tracts Box]

Church Records

Parish Registers going back to 1652 are held in the Devon Record Office - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon Record Office.

The chapel of ease, St Barnabas (1831) has no separate registers.

Transcripts of the Parish Registers going back to 1652, and of the Bishops' Transcripts going back to 1610, are held in a special collection in the Westcountry Studies Library - for details see Parish Registers in the Devon & Cornwall Record Society's Collection.

The Devon FHS publishes indexes covering (as of June 2004): Marriages 1754-1837, Burials 1813-1837 - for details see their book list.

Transcripts or images of Baptisms (St Barnabas) 1902-1980, Marriages 1610-1850 and Burials are available on the Dartmouth Archives website.

Entered into the IGI (as of Jan 1993): Parish Church Christenings 1610-1837, Marriages 1610-1641, 1653-1837.

McNaught, M.J. Marriage Registers of the Deanery of Totnes, Devon, Vol.2: Dartmouth (St Clement or Townstall) M 1597-1850, strays index; Dartmouth (St Petrox) M1610-1850, strays index; Dartmouth (St Saviours) M1586-1850, strays index, (2006). [SoG Library DE/R 99] [Trancripts are available on the Dartmouth Archives web-site.]
The Deanery of Totnes: An index of baptisms, marriages and burials . . . with photographs of the churches and extracts from White's Devonshire Directory 1850, CD-ROM, Exeter, Devon FHS (2009). [Ashprington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Blackawton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Buckfastleigh: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Cornworthy: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1840), Dartington: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Clement: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Petrox: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dartmouth St. Saviour: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dean Prior: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1790-1837), Diptford: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Dittisham: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Halwell: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1755-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Harberton: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Holne: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Rattery: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1800-1837), South Brent: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Stoke Fleming: Bapt (1813-1839), Mar (1754-1837), Bur (1813-1837), Totnes: Bapt (1813-1842), Mar (1754-1837), Bur: (1813-1837)]
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