Southleigh, St Lawrence Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 1600 Robert Drake memorial
'Here lies that loyal man, a warrior of high renown, by name Robert Drake, and known for his goodness to the Poore. His wife Elizabeth bore him seven sons of upright character, and five fair daughters. He died 30th March, 1600'.
Lighting the central aisle is a large, elaborate 18th century brass chandelier given by a later owner of Wiscombe Park, John Mountstephen How (d. 1813). How's elegant memorial is set on the north wall and also commemorates his brothers Thomas and James, each a cleric and each a Fellow of a different Oxford college.
Under the tower is a Georgian royal coat of arms next to a painted wooden benefaction board.
Southleigh church is notable for its Norman font and Drake memorial, but perhaps even more so for its beautiful countryside setting.
Address: Southleigh, Devon, England, EX24 6SA
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: On a sloping hillside in the centre of Southleigh. Parking along the road. The church was open when we visited.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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