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Delightful Devon

Discover the wonder of Devon's sacred heritage.

In all corners of Devon, not only will you find quaint villages and exquisite cream teas, you’ll also find tremendous examples of history. With ancient abbeys and historic churches to explore, enjoy a great day out discovering local heritage and humble beginnings in Devon.

Be warmly welcomed and discover local heritage and craftsmanship in churches, chapels and meeting houses of all ages and architectural styles. Here are just a few to wet your whistle.

Every church has a story to tell.

Devon churches on our map

Search our map for beautiful churches to visit and wonderful stories to discover across the county.

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Delightful Devon churches to inspire you!

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St James, Swimbridge

The church is best known for its uncommonly lavish furnishings, it is a treasure house of gothic and renaissance carvings and memorials.

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St Mary, Ottery St Mary

Visit the former collegiate church, built in 1342 and walk streets once trodden by the town’s most famous son, Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

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St Andrew, Cullompton

The truly exceptional feature is the ‘Golgotha’; a rood screen base carved with skulls, rocks and crossbones, at least 500 years old and possibly the only one in the world.

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St Nectan, Hartland

Founded near a holy well associated with St Nectan, who lived and was martyred here in the mid 5th century.

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St Petrock, Parracombe

St Petrock is of medieval origin, but the interior is a Georgian delight; a time capsule of 18th century decoration and furnishings that have remained unchanged.

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St Peter, Tawstock

Contains a fine collection of memorials, particularly those to the Earls of Bath and their family and other connections.

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St Winifred, Branscombe

Among the oldest and most significant churches of Devon, it probably dates back to 995 but there is Saxon carving on stones hidden in the turret staircase.

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St John the Baptist, Plymtree

Find eleven centuries of history in our yew tree, one of the finest rood screens in Devon, remarkable pew ends and 400 year old Flemish carvings.

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St Peter, Tiverton

One of the grandest parish churches in Devon and where Mendelssohn's ‘Wedding March’ was first performed on 2nd June 1847.

Devon Historic Churches Trust

The Devon Historic Churches Trust is dedicated to funding repairs and maintenance to places of Christian worship throughout Devon. This list has been compiled by John Mills, Honorary Secretary.

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