Chulmleigh, St Mary Magdalene Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Late medieval oak rood screen
The Baldwin estates passed by marriage to the Courtenay family in 1188, and it was John Courtenay who was granted the right to hold a weekly market and an annual fair in Chulmleigh in 1253. The fair was held on 22 July, St Mary Magdalene's feast day, suggesting that there was already a church dedicated to that saint in existence.
The prebends were not necessarily ordained priests, and often the post was nothing more than a sinecure, a reward for loyalty to the lord. The prebends might not reside in Chulmleigh or even attend services. Their main duty was often to say prayers for the souls of the patron and his family.
How did the screen survive when so many similar screens were destroyed? The remoteness of the parish played a part, but it is more likely that the parishioners were simply unwilling to destroy 'their' beautiful work of art. The highlight is the richly carved frieze in three bands, decorated with foliage patterns.
The oldest feature inside the church is the late 15th century font, carved with foliage and floral patterns.
St Mary's is a superb medieval building, a testament to the wealth of the medieval wool trade in this area of Devon.
About Chulmleigh, St Mary Magdalene Church
Address: New Street, Chulmleigh, Devon, England, EX18 7BR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Off The Square. Limited village parking along New Street by the fire station. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Chulmleigh, St Mary Magdalene Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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