Crediton & District

Nymet Tracey, Honeychurch, Sampford Cour

Visit to Nymet Tracey, Honeychurch & Sampford Courtenay 22nd June, 2018

Eight of us met at St Bartholomew’s church on a most glorious June day. We used the church guide to show ourselves round this pretty little church. Two ladies were rehearsing for the Sunday service – I recognized one of them as someone I had known in the distant past.

From here we moved on to the exquisite little church at Honeychurch. No Victorian restorer had touched the place – there is no electricity and everything, barring a few contemporary notices and a modern gas heater, is as it would have been in the C18th. The place is a true delight. A Norman font with a battered wooden cover, superb box pews, three different royal arms on the walls and a C16th wooden pulpit & eagle lectern are among the delights.

We had a lovely informal lunch in the New Inn in nearby Sampford Courtenay and met up with the vicar, Nick Wheldon, in the church. He showed us some of the main features. The wooden bosses are the main delight, with two examples of the ‘tinner’s rabbits’ or ‘three hares’ and five lovely green men. We made our own way to the church house, on whose steps the murder took place that began the Prayer Book rebellion of 1549. The massive C17th table in the upper room is part of the surviving furniture of the village school.

Keith Barker