Kentisbeare, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Superb late medieval painted screen
Whytyng (or if you prefer the modern spelling, Whiting) was a London merchant, a member of the Merchant Adventurer's Company. The chapel was intended as a chantry for the Whytyng family, and features a wonderful set of oak panels against the wall, brought here from Bradfield Hall, an Elizabethan mansion. The panelling is decorated with Biblical texts and heraldic coats of arms to the Walrond family of Bradfield.
On the north wall of the chancel is a striking marble monument to a former rector, Rev. George William Scott, cousin of novelist Sir Walter Scott. The tablet bears a sentimental verse penned by Sir Walter in memory of his cousin, who died in 1830 of scarlet fever, having only been rector of Kentisbeare for 2 years. Though the verse is a perfect example of early Victorian sentimentality, it is hard not to feel a lump in your throat at some of Scott's verse
To youth, to age alike, this tablet pale,
Tells the brief moral of its tragic tale
Art though a parent? Reverence this bier,
The parent's fondest hopes lie buried here.
The pulpit dates to 1736 and is a lovely example of 18th century inlay work. carved angel that once decorated the sounding board now stands on the chancel screen. The relatively plain font is carved with quatrefoils and heraldic shields and probably dates to the 16th century.
One last note; by the door is a brass plaque to Francis Radford, a London builder who erected much the Holland Park area of London.
Address: Priest Hill, Kentisbeare, Devon, England, EX15 2AA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Kentisbeare village, on the south side of Priest Hill. Kentisbeare is 1 mile north of the A373 and 3 miles east of Cullompton. Roadside parking.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Tel: 01884 230 878