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|Parracombe Archaeology and History Society
We are in the process of gathering together images of Parracombe and the surrounding area to reflect its community and history.
|Petrockstowe Local History Group
Petrockstowe village sits on top of a hill between Hatherleigh and Torrington and although bypassed today, in the past it was situated on a main coaching route. The Laurels Inn, formerly The White Hart, was a coaching inn on the route between Plymouth and Barnstaple, where the mail coach stopped and horses were changed.
Today Petrockstowe has a pub and the Baxter Hall; no school though, this was closed in 1965, no post office, that finally disappeared at the end of the 1980s having been based in various properties in the village, including the pub at one time. Once Petrockstow boasted 2 shops, a post office, the pub, the bakers and various trades, including 2 wheelwrights, several stonemasons, some of whose craft can be found in the churchyard, 2 blacksmiths, and its own tannery. Farming was the dominant industry with the census listing many 'Ag labs'.
The church stands behind the pub in the centre of the village, the records date back to the 1500s but the original church was earlier.
Petrockstow used to have a mainline station; the passenger and freight line fell to the Beeching axe in 1965, but the line continued to be used by the clay companies until the early 1980s who then switched to road haulage as it was cheaper.