All Saints Church, Clovelly
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 15th century Cary brasses
The renovation may have been carried out by William Cary, lord of the manor, who received permission to make the church collegiate in 1387. Cary's plan was to establish a college of 6 chaplains under a Warden, but the plans were never implemented, and All Saints remained a simple parish church.
The 1885 east window was designed by the famous late Victoria artist Charles Eamer Kempe, in honour of Nevile Fane. The Fane coat of arms is depicted in the top light, along with the arms of the Williams and Hamlyn families, linked to the Fanes by marriage.
Also near the altar is a slate memorial to Phillipa Cecond, daughter of William Cary, who died in 1633.
On the chancel walls are more Cary memorials, including a monument to William Cary (1576-1652). Cary was depicted in Charles Kingsley's novel 'Westward Ho!'. Opposite the William Cary memorial is another wall monument to his son, Sir Robert Cary (d. 1675), an aide to Charles II. Beneath the monument is a brass plaque to Kingsley himself, who grew up in Clovelly, where his father was curate from 1826.
Other interior highlights include the Jacobean pulpit, carved in 1634, with an hour glass given in 1635 by William Cary. The hourglass is mounted on a pedestal made from driftwood found on the beach. In the Lady Chapel is a modern statue of the Madonna, but it stands on a 17th century wooden frame. One final mention should be made of the memorial to Christine Hamlyn (d. 1936). She was lord of the manor for 52 years, and her initials can be found on quite a few cottages in the village.
St Peter's ChapelClosely linked to All Saints is St Peter's Chapel, tucked into a quiet lane off the main street through the village. The chapel was opened in 1846 to provide a place of worship for residents of Clovelly who could not easily climb the steep, cobbled streets to All Saints on the cliff-top. The chapel is simply furnished, but is well worth a look for the striking murals painted by a local artist named Fiona Creighton-Balfour.
Clovelly is justifiably a popular destination for tourists. Its a lovely old village with cobbled streets and picturesque whitewashed cottages. Too many visitors come to the village and miss the church, and the lovely walled garden beside it. Do take the time to explore All Saints and the garden!
About Clovelly, All Saints Church
Address: Clovelly Court, Clovelly, Devon, England, EX39 5SY
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Beside Clovelly Court, just outside Clovelly village. Enter through the Court gates and park along the drive. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Clovelly, All Saints Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
Clovelly Court Gardens - 0 miles (Garden)
Hartland Abbey - 4.3 miles (Historic House)
Hartland, St Nectan's Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Docton Mill Gardens - 4.9 miles (Garden)
Spekes Mill Mouth Waterfall - 5.3 miles (Countryside)
Morwenstow, St John's Holy Well - 8.8 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Morwenstow, St John's Church - 8.9 miles (Historic Church)
Kilkhampton, St James Church - 9.3 miles (Historic Church)
Nearest Accommodation to Clovelly, All Saints Church: