Princetown, St Michael's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
The church was built between 1810-1814 using prisoners from the American and French campaigns being held at nearby Dartmoor Prison. French Napoleonic War prisoners began the building, which was finished by American POWs.
When the last POW left Dartmoor Prison in 1816 the church was closed. In 1831 it was reopened and re-consecrated. It remained in service until 1992. St Michael's is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust and is no longer used for regular worship.
The building is extremely plain, built of local granite, with a pinnacled three-storey west tower. A stained glass window at the east end was installed in 1910 to commemorate the role of American prisoners in building the church. In the churchyard are gravestones of prisoners.
About Princetown, St Michael's Church
Address: Princetown, Devon, England, PL20 6RE
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Princetown, St Michael's Church
Churches Conservation Trust
Photo Credit: Tom Jolliffe, licensed for reuse under the Creative Commons Licence
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Merrivale Prehistoric Site - 2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Drizzlecombe Stone Rows - 4.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Garden House - 6.8 miles (Garden)
Buckland Abbey - 7.5 miles (Historic House)
Church House - 8.3 miles (Historic Building)
Grimspound - 8.3 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Widecombe-in-the-Moor, St Pancras Church - 8.3 miles (Historic Church)
Lydford Gorge - 8.4 miles (Countryside)
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