East Devon has the lush river valley of the Exe and the charm of the Blackdown Hills to boast about, plus some of the agricultural land in Devon.
The churches range from large behemoths from wealthy parishes to, further East, smaller ones built from flint as the geography of Dorset starts to take over.
East Devon church articles
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 church itself is a corker, a sweet exterior with wonders galore inside. This version is fifteenth century, with various restorations.
Awliscombe church of St Michael and All Angels is beaut. It seems to be mainly fifteenth century, though some put it a tad later.
Clayhidon is an enchanting parish with a little jewel of a church sitting up in the north with a simple, sweet interior.
It is a modest dainty, a perfect little Devon red stone church, a primroses in the spring kind of pleasant…
Those attractive red stone arches gracefully flowing up the nave, dipping elegantly to meet the octagonal pillars…
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.
There are sixty-three sets of oak bench ends, all carved around 1537 and the most complete set in Devon if not the country
That tower is Norman, and that tiny chancel is also suspiciously small, early chancels were much smaller than later ones generally
Kentisbeare Church of St Mary has one of the best rood screens in the county along with other beauties that make it a total star
The church is a sweetie, built mainly from local stone and flint rubble. It is also unaltered fourteenth century and full of treasures.
So we enter by the north porch and are plunged up to our waists in a sea of wondrous box pews, full of the browns of the universe.
The way he emphasises the arches with double or triple lines, the careful use of stained and clear glass to allow the light to splash around
Inside this church is an astonishing range of little treasures, from medieval stained glass to beautiful Devon carvings. Stunning stuff.
A flat-bottomed vale watered by a wandering stream, an oasis in the jumbled valleys of the Blackdown Hills, Dalwood is a pretty little find.
Outside, a charming exterior, heavily restored 1846, creating a little gothic dream in its prettily flowered churchyard in the middle of town; cared for with love.
East Devon map of churches
On the map below you will find church articles that are published and chronicled or churches yet to be published.