Extraordinary churches, enchanting art, deep history
If you enjoy art, peace, beauty, architecture, history… or sharing faith, then Devon’s churches are time well spent, one of the most remarkable groups in Britain…
Fantastical carvings, breathtaking images, gorgeous stained glass, powerful stone architecture, old colours, new colours, no colours, light and shadow, ancient and modern, faith and love…
For in this field and woodland draped landscape of deep valleys and ragged hills, battered by seas on two coasts, the fierce-faithed folk of medieval Devon created wonders of stone, oak and glass; saints and symbols, coloured and carved, foliage laced, divinely whispered, glowing down through the centuries…
… and then their Victorian descendants sprinkled their own magic across the county. Please come in and enjoy.
Most of the roads leading to Churchstow church rise so gradually that its positioning on top of the world is a shock…
Those attractive red stone arches gracefully flowing up the nave, dipping elegantly to meet the octagonal pillars…
Inside is a place of wondrous simplicity, every texture picked out by the granite-clear light streaming through the nave windows.
An extraordinary church, holding layers of historical beauty and set deep in the fields of glorious Devon, a total jewel.
It is a sweet little thing. Originally Norman at least, it was rebuilt in the fourteenth century, and added to in the fifteenth.
Mainly fifteenth century but goes backaways, as the Norman priest’s door shows and inside is a fine mixture of light and South Devon red stone
A charm of a church tower nestled into the western valley side so we can climb almost level with the top for a view worth the visit alone.
Swimbridge church is all about the woodwork, like so many of the gorgeous creatures in Devon, but this one has the dialled turned up to 11.
Dowland church is a small pearl and like most pearls it is all about the light. No bling, no glitter, just a rare beauty.
And this church too is a respectable church; a well cared for, solid Mid-Devon church, and that is high praise indeed.
The present Lydford Church of St Petrock dates mainly from the fifteenth century, like so many of the pretties here in Devon
Conquistador gold from El Dorado, pirated jewels from Spanish galleons, treasure chests trawled from the deep… how Mortehoe puts them all to shame!