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.
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!
WIth a spacious interior, medieval textiles, and lovely stained glass this church does justice to its beautiful coastal parish.
Entering a forest of pillars and an intricacy of woodwork dancing out to meet us.And a fifteenth century rood screen to die for.
A whimsical Victorian church on the edge of Dartmoor with a simple enchanting interior and an astonishing altar back by Christopher Webb
There are sixty-three sets of oak bench ends, all carved around 1537 and the most complete set in Devon if not the country
Inside there is an attractive sparseness along with a bit of mish mash of styles, from Norman to Victorian and various stops in between.
One of the most quietly intoxicating churches in Devon, full of faith, passion and beauty, carefully cared for through the centuries