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 is delightfully sparse, we can see the bare bones of the church, like the rock strata in the local cliffs, and looking closely the details start to come together until we gasp in love.
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 arcades flow up from the box pews with exquisitely carved capitals and bear the high ceilings with consummate grace…
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.
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 church is built from granite, as we would expect for a Dartmoor church, roughly shaped stones like the field walls streaming over the countryside.
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.
Stunning stained glass, beautiful woodwork, a red Norman font and an atmosphere of peace and care, Thurlestone is a wonderful church down in South Devon.
The church has been around for a bit, parts dating from the twelfth century, through the thirteenth and on to the late fifteenth or early sixteenth.
A glorious church with a Norman south tower and a striking spire, fascinating medieval benchends and roofbosses, and a very impressive interior.
A beautifully plain and simple Victorian church hidden deep in the wondrous West Devon landscape. The early 20th century stained glass is a treasure.