Broadhembury, St Andrew's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Unusual 15th century font
When William defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and gained the throne of England, Queen Martilda had her revenge. Britric's estates wee seized, and Broadhembury was given to William's half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux. From Odo it passed through several hands until it was granted to the monks of Dunkeswell Abbey, 6 miles away.
The building is made primarily of fint and Beer stone, with local greensand and red sandstone.
One of the most impressive features inside the church is the 15th century roof, with vividly painted timbers. The painting was hidden for centuries under plaster and accidentally exposed diring repairs in 1930. The bosses at the east end retain some traces of paint.
The font is 15th century, in Perpendicular style, and of an unusual shape. It is intricately carved with figures of saints, a priest, 2 bishops, and a cowled monk. The font is badly damaged, perhaps during the Civil War.
Look for a small fragment of board painted with the IHS symbol. It is all that remains of the medieval screen, which was removed during restoration work and accidentally destroyed in a fire.
Beside the village school is Church Gate, the oldest house in Broadhembury, which probably served as the medieval priest's house. Over the years it has been a poor house, a reading room, and a schoolroom. Opposite the church is the Manor House, built in Art Nouveau style in 1901 by Julius Drewe.
St Andrew's is a delightful country church in a very pretty village.
About Broadhembury, St Andrew's Church
Address: Broadhembury, Devon, England, EX14 3NG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Directly opposite the school. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Broadhembury, St Andrew's Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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