Kenton, All Saints Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Magnificent 15th century painted screen
As you enter the beautifully carved south porch look to your left and you will see a medieval holy water stoup. Near it are a series of deep grooves in the stone, caused by archers sharpening their arrows before practice. Over the outer doorway is a beautifully decorated statue niche and to either side of the doorway are corbels said to depict Henry IV and Joan of Navarre.
Above the screen is the Lumley Memorial Cross, given in memory of Mrs Mary Lumley. The cross stood for many years at the altar of Exeter Cathedral. It was stolen from the cathedral in 1950, only to be found the next day. It was installed in Kenton church in 1964.
On the north wall of the chancel are plaques to Rev Harry Drew and his wife, the daughter of Prime Minister William Gladstone.
Look for a medieval piscina on the chapel wall. This was hidden beneath panelling for over 300 years and only discovered by accident.
The opulent reredos is by CE Kempe, more famous for his stained glass designs. The octagonal font was installed in 1844 to replace a medieval font which has since disappeared.
About Kenton, All Saints
Address: Church Road, Kenton, Devon, England, EX6 8NG
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Kenton village. Parking off Fore Street (A379). Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Kenton, All Saints
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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