Widecombe-in-the-Moor is a small village located within the heart of the Dartmoor National Park in Devon. The name is thought to derive from 'Withy-combe' which means Willow Valley.
The village is probably best known for Widecombe Fair, held annually and celebrated by a well-known folksong of the same name, featuring 'Old Uncle Tom Cobley and All'. Its words were first published in 1880. The characters from the song are featured in many of the souvenirs on sale in the local shops.
The church of St Pancras originally built in the fourteenth century, in the Perpendicular style (late Gothic), was made from the local quarried granite. The church is known as the 'Cathedral of the Moors' in recognition of its 120 foot tower and relatively large capacity for such a small village. Church House dating from 1537 stands next to the church and is thought to have originally been built as a brewery for the production of church ales.