St Andrew

St Andrew is the Friends only true set of ruins, everything is roofless, as it has been since 1866 when a window was blown in during divine service.

About this church

But this doesn’t stop this Grade II* church being used each Summer for an annual service held by local people. We took ownership of the church in 1976, have arrested its decay and put back the collapsed tracery. The chancel and the tower date from the 13th to 15th century.

The replacement for St Andrew's was built at Galmpton in 1869 and within two decades St Andrew's had been deliberately unroofed. Galmpton houses the simple granite font with waterleaf base, a memorial to the Lydstone family, the four bells, and most importantly of all a remarkable assemblage of shattered remains from two 15th century alabaster reredoses, representing sculptural scenes from the life of Our Lord. 

These were found in the spring of 1857 within St Andrew's when the mid 16th century blocking of the lower part of the west window was dismantled. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven

Visitors information

  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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