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.
Inside simplicity reigns, and a beguiling atmosphere that just invites us to sit and wonder. A delightful and unusual church.
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.
It is a well-proportioned Victorian church set on a hillside with beautiful views, loved by the parish and everybody else.
A luminous space to sit and breathe with a light direct from heaven even on a cloudy day, though we do miss the hustle of church days
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.
Ermington church is magnificent, with a 13th century tower, 14th century spire and artful additions at various points thereafter.
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
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
The nave is lovely bare stone with soft honey pews covered by a billowing cloud of a ceiling. A wonderful peace to wander into.
The church started life as a chapel of ease, first mentioned in the fourteenth century but with signs of thirteenth century work.
Inside simplicity dominates, but not plainness, definitely not that; simple stone, simple medieval screen, simple benchends, simple roofboss…