Swimbridge, St James Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Perhaps the finest medieval screen in Devon
Jack Russell, the Sporting ParsonRussell was famed as the 'Sporting Parson', and his passion for sporting pursuits led to his favourite breed of terrier being named 'Jack Russells'. But Russell was not a stereotypical absentee vicar; he served Swimbridge for 48 years and by the time he left in 1880 he was preaching 4 services each Sunday. Russell died in 1883 and was buried in the churchyard, with over 1000 people attending the service. Just outside the churchyard is the Jack Russell pub.
The choir vestry and organ chamber make up St Bridget's Chapel, built by the Mules family of Irishborough. The chapel roof is decorated with carved bosses. One striking boss shows a figure of St Dunstan holding the Devil's nose with a pair of blacksmith tongs. The chancel roof is the oldest in the church but is unadorned.
One last feature is worth noting; on the exterior south wall is a sundial dated to 1755.
Address: Church Lane, Swimbridge, Devon, England, EX32 0PR
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Swimbridge village. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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