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Churches in the Teign Valley (S Devon Branch)
Thu. 6 September 2018 at 2:30 pm
A visit to three historic churches in the Teign Valley: St James at Christow, St Michael at Doddiscombsleigh, and St John the Baptist at Higher Ashton. Each of these churches has had conservation projects part-funded by Devon Historic Churches Trust, including medieval rood screen and windows.
Meet at 2.30 pm at Christow Car Park adjacent to Teign Valley Community Centre EX6 7NA (car sharing encouraged). Cost includes cream tea at Higher Ashton.
Twenty members of the DA enjoyed this visit that was ably arranged and led by Mrs Lee Martin.
The church dedicated to St James at Christow boasts a fine screen that was once described by W. G. Hoskins as “too garishly coloured”, an unusual bench-end decorated with supposed pomegranates, some fragments of medieval glass in the windows, and on a wall the Royal Arms of Charles II.
St Michael at Doddiscombsleigh has the best medieval stained glass windows in any parish church in Devon. The preservation of the windows is being aided by the replacement of the standard wire mesh grilles by external panes of glass known as isothermal glazing, which has been part funded by a grant from the Devon Historic Churches Trust.
At St John the Baptist at Higher Ashton, the paintings are the unforgettable feature. The thirty-two saints on the front of the rood are impressive enough, but the panel-paintings behind, in the North Aisle Chapel, are rare survivals of very high quality.
Our thanks go to church warden, Annabell Hoffman, who prepared an excellent spread for us in Ashton village hall.
Photos by John Maltby. Click on them to see larger versions. Conditions of reuse are here.