Crediton & District

Churches / historic buildings

The Churches & Historic Buildings Visiting Group has a programme of monthly visits, visiting two or three churches / historic buildings on each occasion. We share our cars to do this and have taken our lunch in local pubs. The day of the visit will vary according to the venues.

We hope to learn about a wide variety of architectural styles and to see a good diversity of furnishings / artefacts during our visits. I try to organise guides for each church / historic building we visit.

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Visit to St John the Baptist Hawkchurch & St Bartholomew’s Crewkerne, 24th March

We shall meet at St John the Baptist Hawkchurch (which is almost on the Somerset border) at 10am. The churchwarden of Hawkchurch, Jean Ransford, will be showing us around and there will be an opportunity to go up the church tower. Crewkerne church will also provide a tour. This gives quite a decent account of what’s at Hawkchurch: https://www.greatenglishchurches.co.uk/html/hawkchurch.html

We should be finished by 11.30am and it takes around half-an-hour to get from here to Crewkerne (which is in Somerset). Again, I’ve asked for a tour, but in case there’s no-one available, here’s its Historic England entry:

https://historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/120812.

There are many places to eat in the neighbourhood of Crewkerne. I’ll ask Sue for some tips as she used to live there.

Best wishes,

Keith

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Draft visits Programme programme March to July 2020

I thought that I'd try to put together a programme for the next few months. Hopefully school holidays & half-terms have been avoided.

Hawkchurch & Crewkerne churches Tuesday 25th March

Bovey Tracey & Holne churches Wednesday 8th April

Molland, Swimbridge & Tawstock Monday 18th May

Dartmouth St Saviours & Coleton Fishacre (NT) Friday 19th June

Dunster (to see church, tithe barn & Yarnmarket) & Selworthy Thursday 16th July

All points of the compass (other than due south) have been covered & we'll be looking at houses & other buildings later in the year

In March & April I've restricted us to two locations for each outing, but am more ambitious later on in the year.

I'd be grateful for comments and for any suggestions of where else we might go.

Best wishes,

Keith

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OUTING REPORTS
Green man boss February
Visit to Atherington & High Bickington churches 21.2.20

Nine of us gathered at St Marys Atherington - a place we had visited four years ago - and showed ourselves around this lovely church.

In the rood loft It is an extraordinary place with two C15th carved wooden screens running N-S across the complete width of the building. On top of the northern screen is the only existing original rood loft remaining in Devon – accessed by steep rood stairs. Four of the party climbed these. (with some difficulty!). As in High Bickington ,there are lovely C15th wagon roofs with carved bosses (with some green men among them) and angel corbels. There is a good brass of 1529 and other earlier (C13th ) stone monuments.

We moved on to St Mary’s High Bickington where we lingered over coffee in the community shop before walking the few yards to the church where our guide was the churchwarden, Derek Birch.

Bench end It was originally a C12th church, but has no less than 78 medieval bench ends (C15th & C16th)together with some lovely early C20th carving in the choir stalls. The south-west porch is Norman (Romanesque) and retains original paintwork together with some good carving. There is some excellent stonework and a lovely C15th wagon roof with carved wooden bosses.

We had an excellent lunch at the Jack Russell Inn at Swimbridge.

JANUARY
The Lane Aisle St Andrew’s Cullompton & St John the Baptist, Plymtree

Six of us met in Cullompton church where we were met by Steve who gave us a general introduction to the church & showed us their marvellous new interactive digital guide. We spent some time exploring the church which is crammed with interesting furnishings, particularly carved wood & stone.We then adjourned to the parish community centre where we had coffee & talked to church members & visitors.

Golgotha with the Slot for the Cross We moved on the five miles to Plymtree where we were met by a churchwarden, Alan, who gave us a detailed history & tour of this lovely little church.

We had an excellent (& very reasonable) lunch at the Talaton Inn in the small village of Talaton, not very far from Honiton.

Please click the links opposite to see reports and photographs of our other visits

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We are anxious that anyone who would like be part of the group and to go on visits is not denied this because of lack of transport. Please get in touch with Keith by phone or by email (click the carrier pigeon above right) if you’d like to come on any trip and he will arrange a place for you in one of the cars.

Group organiserKeith Barker01363 773940

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Philosophy Photography
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Pub Quizzes Short walks
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