With a limestone plateau in the West disappearing into a tangle of hills in the East, this region nowadays tends to passed through rather than visited. That is good for us.
The churches veer to the smaller size (as ever, with some notable exceptions) and hide their treasures carefully in tiny villages deep in a tangle of lanes. And when I say treasure, I do mean treasure. Well worth ferreting out.
Mid Devon church articles
And so we come the bench ends, treasures beyond compare, full of magical carving and deep social history…
The church itself is a corker, a sweet exterior with wonders galore inside. This version is fifteenth century, there was a Norman one before.
Hittisleigh church is magic, just a delightfully captivating beauty, full of deep country charm and deep serenity
Walk up to the church from Frankland Ford Bridge, up a grass-green Devon hill, and Honeychurch smiles tenderly in welcome. It is a beauty.
Cracking church, mainly fourteenth century nave and chancel, with a fifteenth century north aisle. The tower is a bit of both…
The oldest part of the present structure is Norman; deep sidewalls, the font, a possible Norman altar just on the right of the porch…
Inside is a place of wondrous simplicity, every texture picked out by the granite-clear light streaming through the nave windows.
It is a sweet little thing. Originally Norman at least, it was rebuilt in the fourteenth century, and added to in the fifteenth.
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.
Entering a forest of pillars and an intricacy of woodwork dancing out to meet us.And a fifteenth century rood screen to die for.
One of the most quietly intoxicating churches in Devon, full of faith, passion and beauty, carefully cared for through the centuries
It is a big barn of place, high ceilinged and lots of light, only a few stained glass windows, with a graceful arcade of granite pillars.
There is a lovely neatness inside, combined with the soft lighting that gently paints the browns and whites with glowing shades.
Hidden high above the River Teign, deep in tumbling valley and loping hills, Bridford seems a universe away from the modern world.
The church is a doozy, with a probable thirteenth century tower, fourteenth century chancel and fifteenth century rest.
A finely pretty fifteenth century church sits at the heart of this field-draped parish running down to the mighty River Exe…
Full of sensational woodwork and electrifying carving, one of the best preserved sixteenth century roodscreens in Devon and more, much more…
Throwleigh church has a stunning exterior, the weathered stone and the tall tower, and the different views from the hillside churchyard
The church is a lovely mixture of red and grey stone in a beautifully peaceful location and a very pretty churchyard.
The first thing that strikes us is the light, and then the space; a true grandeur, a memory of worlds lost, a loyalty to dreams of freedom
A peaceful church, a quiet village, bypassed a hundred years ago by a new toll road, with a slim tower and the whole in Perpendicular style
So the church is an ‘estate church’ and very much a preserve of the Clintons. Happily for us, back in 1873, one of them had formidable taste…
The church has a magnificent old tower, possibly twelfth or thirteenth century, very rare for Devon, and a spectacular twelfth century rustic Norman doorway
The present church is late fifteenth or early sixteenth century and a petite beauty it is, along with its charm of a churchyard and the stream through it.
Mid Devon map of churches
On the map below you will find church articles that are published and chronicled or churches yet to be published.