WEST ANSTEY

west anstey church looking over towards west anstey church
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West Anstey parish straddles the boundary of the National Park along its southern edge within the county of Devon. Its main settlement lies outside the boundary and within the National Park is mostly moorland, with a little farmland and one farm. West Anstey is pleasant and very small and has no facilities. It's really just a handful of cottages and a church.

St Petrock

Three Exmoor parish churches: Timberscombe, West Anstey and the old church at Parracombe, are dedicated to St Petrock. He is one of the West Country's most celebrated saints, with 21 churches named after him in Devon alone. For a man of the 6th century he certainly got around, but his chief mission was to convert the Celts of Dumnonia to the Christian religion. When he was about 40 he made his base or minster at Padstow, which means Petrock's church, and set off on his missions around Dumnonia. He almost certainly came to Exmoor, although not necessarily to all the places named after him, as his monks or disciples may have set up churches in his name. There is a legend that he once lived at Charles, where there was a chapel dedicated to him. His feast day is June 4th.

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