Little Petherick

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Little Petherick
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Little Petherick Church
Little Petherick is located in Cornwall
Little Petherick
Little Petherick
Little Petherick shown within Cornwall
OS grid reference SW 917 721
Civil parish
Unitary authority
Ceremonial county
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district PL27
Dialling code 01841
Police Devon and Cornwall
Fire Cornwall
Ambulance South Western
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CornwallCoordinates: 50°30′43″N 4°56′13″W / 50.512°N 4.937°W / 50.512; -4.937

Little Petherick (Cornish: Nansfenten) is a village and civil parish in north Cornwall, England, United Kingdom. It is situated two miles (3 kilometres) south of Padstow and 6 miles (9 kilometres) west of Wadebridge.[1] According to the Post Office the population as at the 2011 census was included in the civil parish of St Issey

Little Petherick lies in the valley of Little Petherick Creek, a tidal tributary of the River Camel: however, upstream of Little Petherick the creek ceases to be tidal. The village straddles the A389 Wadebridge-Padstow road which crosses the creek at the east end of the village.

Parish church[edit]

The parish church of St Petroc, at grid reference SW 919 721, was restored in 1858 by the Victorian architect William White. It was originally built in the 14th century and is now Grade I listed.[2] (John) Athelstan Riley, 1858–1945, was a notable benefactor of this church and responsible for employing Ninian Comper to restore it in 1908: his work includes the high altar, reredos and rood screen. Other features of interest are the monuments to Sir Roger de Lemporu, 13th century, and Andalusia, the Hon. Mrs. J. A. Riley, née Molesworth (d. 1912), ca. 1916; the Flemish 17th century relief in the north chapel.[3] Arthur Mee was impressed by the beauty of this bronze monument.[4]

The official name of the parish is St Petroc Minor (distinguishing it from Padstow or Petrockstow). According to tradition St Petroc passed this way before settling at Bodmin. The parish was until 1830 a Bishop's peculiar and within the episcopal manor of Pawton. The church was rebuilt in 1745 and the Molesworth family have since been notable benefactors.[5]


A copper mine at Creddis was a small scale venture in Little Petherick.[6] The shaft at Creddis was no deeper than thirty fathoms (55 m) and employed about forty men. Adjoining Creddis, but in the parish of St Issey, was the copper mine of Legossick. This had a steam engine on it, being a large adventure, it employed many men. There were a few mines of this sort in the area; and one, Wheal Paynter showed a course of lead at twelve fathoms (22 m).[7]


  1. ^ Ordnance Survey: Landranger map sheet 200 Newquay & Bodmin ISBN 978-0-319-22938-5
  2. ^ Images of England
  3. ^ Pevsner, N. (1970) Cornwall, 2nd ed. Penguin Books; p. 105
  4. ^ "She wears a graceful dress with embroidered borders to the sleeves and neck. The memory of her beautiful face is the best thing the visitor takes away from here." Cornwall, Hodder, 1937; p. 124
  5. ^ Cornish Church Guide (1925) Truro: Blackford; p. 183
  6. ^ Hitchins, Fortescue and Drew, Samuel. The History of Cornwall
  7. ^ Berry, Claude Cornwall; p. 136
  • Park, Jo (1982) Athelstan Riley, patron of St Petroc Minor, Little Petherick. Truro: [the Compiler] (includes extracts from the diaries of Athelstan and Andalusia Riley)
  • [Riley, Athelstan?] (ca. 1910) The Church and Parish of St Petroc Minor of Nansfounteyn, Little Petherick, Cornwall.

External links[edit]

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