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.
Lustleigh church sure has a pretty a church gate as ever is, especially when the flowers are in the full bloom
And so we come the bench ends, treasures beyond compare, full of magical carving and deep social history…
The whole seems to have been rebuilt in the fifteenth century but I would lay good odds that the chancel (on the left) is on the original Norman footprint. Or was there a Saxon chapel?
The main part is fourteenth century, with alterations as ever, though the first mention of a church on this site dates from 1121.
There is nothing that beats a fine church on a fine day, and Ashwater church on a fine day is an absolute banger, or on any day come to that.
The church itself is a corker, a sweet exterior with wonders galore inside. This version is fifteenth century, there was a Norman one before.
It is a lovely church with its south tower and that delightful hood over the clock. The windows as well, and those goodly granite walls
The church itself is a corker, a sweet exterior with wonders galore inside. This version is fifteenth century, with various restorations.
Sampford Spiney church is proper Dartmoor, hunkered down high on its western edge, a marvel of rubblestone and granite, a dark cave inside.
It is work of sensational genius, of dazzling imagination, of a painter in stone, a master architect carving a remarkable vision
The calm of Kelly Church almost matches the outside, but as a mere youngster only about six hundred years old it still has a bit to learn about peace and awe.
Designed by a famous Arts and Crafts architect, W D Caröe, using the local red stone that almost glows, with magnifico stained glass
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