Cadbury, St Michael and All Angels Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Exceptional 15th century stained glass
"For fifty years the faithful pastor trod
The village byways and the house of God;
In one the Master's Holy Lessons taught,
And to the other his example brought."
His grave lies near the churchyard cross.
The most interesting woodwork is the 17th century lectern, brought here from Ottery St Mary, while the reredos was installed in 1890 in honour of Rev Edward Fursdon. The Fursdon family have owned land in Cadbury parish since the 14th century, and still reside at nearby Fursdon House.
The east window of the north aisle holds exceptional 15th century stained glass, originally installed in the main east window. The glass has a central figure of Christ showing his wounds. The figure is part of a Seven Sacrament design by the same workman that produced glass for Exeter Cathedral and the church at Doddiscombsleigh. The glass worker, or workshop, is unknown, but he has been dubbed 'The Cadbury Master' for the exceptional quality of the glass design and vivid colouring. In the south aisle is a Victorian window by the famed Clayton and Bell company.
"Bee dumbe thou influence of officious verse
Fursdon esquier lyes
veild within this herse
Twoold bee to rude an insolence to his shrine
too cloathe transcendent merit with a line"
Nearby is a memorial to his grandfather, an earlier George Fursdon (d. 1625) and his father, another George, who died in 1610.
In the aisle is an 18th century marble monument to Charles Hale (d. 1795) and a white marble wall monument to Elizabeth Lyon (d. 1789).In the vestry is an early 17th century parish chest with traces of paint still showing.
There are 4 bells, the oldest dating to 1430-1450.
St Michael's is a lovely church in an idyllic rural location. Do take time to walk up to the summit of Cadbury Hill to see the hillfort. Quite apart from its historic intertest, the views are amazing.
About Cadbury, St Michael's Church
Address: Cadbury, Devon, England, EX5 5LA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On the main lane through Cadbury off the A3072. Limited parking by the churchyard gate. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Cadbury, St Michael's Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Cadbury Castle Hillfort - 0.2 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Fursdon - 0.7 miles (Historic House)
Cadeleigh, St Bartholomew's Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church)
Shobrooke Park - 4.1 miles (Garden)
Upton Hellions, St Mary's Church - 4.4 miles (Historic Church)
Upton Pyne, Church of Our Lady - 4.5 miles (Historic Church)
Newton St Cyres, St Cyr and St Julitta's Church - 4.8 miles (Historic Church)
Killerton Chapel - 5 miles (Historic Church)
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