All Hallows

The church was formerly a chapelry of the parish of Hartland and was one of the properties given to support Hartland Abbey at the time of Richard I.

About this church

It was given by Hugh Peverell and thereafter served by the Augustinian canons. It became a parish in its own right about the time of the Reformation.  

It has a nave and north aisle which has the vestry at the east end. On the south side there is a transept that forms the Lady Chapel. The south entrance is Norman as can be seen from the interior. The North Arcade has seven foot high granite columns, believed to be brought from Lundy, which date from the 16th century. Some Norman masonry remains in the South Transept which forms the Lady Chapel and houses the original altar.

It is thought that the Nursery Rhyme 'Old King Cole' might be based on Richard Cole (1568-1614) of Buckinghamshire , whose monument and effigy survive in All Hallows Church, Woolfardisworthy.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Wildlife haven
  • Social heritage stories
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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