Sourton St Thomas a Becket Church, Sourton, Dartmoor National Park

Sourton St Thomas a Becket Church, Sourton, Dartmoor National Park

According to The Church of England's 'A Church Near You' site, Sourton St Thomas a Becket Church 'was dedicated in honour of St. Thomas a Becket in the 14th Century by descendants of two knights who had taken part in the murder of Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 - Fitz Urse and William de Tracey, who were both Devon men. It appears that their successors may have wanted to clear their family names and appease their consciences by rededicating the churches [sic] to the Christian martyr'.

See also our listing for Bovey Tracey Parish Church of SS Peter, Paul & Thomas of Canterbury which was built for a similar reason.

As is the case with many churches, the 14th Century Sourton St Thomas a Becket Church was built on the site of older buildings. To see the evolution of church buildings on the area, we'd recommend a trip to see the models inside Lydford St Petroc's Church.

We've positioned Sourton St Thomas a Becket Church on Google maps so zoom in on the 'Satellite' setting to see its location. To visit, head for the village Sourton. There's limited parking off the A386 near the church.

Note that a local information board reads:

'St Thomas A Becket. This study [sic] little Church, nestling on the edge of Dartmoor, is mostly 15th Century like many others in the area, there are traces of earlier work.'