Brushford, St Mary's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Very unusual 15th-century chancel screen
While the church has Norman origins, the chancel dates to the 14th century and the nave to the 15th century. The west tower was added during the following century, and the entire church rebuilt in 1876. The only surviving feature of the medieval church is the 12th century south doorway. The tower was originally topped by a spire, but this burned down in 1693 after it was struck by lightning and was replaced with a peculiar cap hung with slate tiles.
The tracery is sublime, a superb example of Flamboyant Gothic style, with delicate curves and exceptionally fine filigree. The tracery has been compared to fine Breton dentelle lace. The screen originally had an ogee-headed door opening, but this was altered at some point to hold a square door. The striking screen canopy has 3 image brackets.
The 19th century font is made of Beer stone and all the stained glass is from the 19th century rebuilding. In the nave is a wall monument to John Weston (d. 1798) and his wife Anne (d. 1801). On the south wall is a memorial to Abraham Tidboald (d. 1842).
Immediately south of the church is Brushford Barton manor house, home to the Luxton family from 1566-1922.
About Brushford, St Mary
Address: Northclose Road, Brushford, Devon, England, EX18 7SJ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: North of the manor house at the end of a lane, at the north edge of the village. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Coldridge, St Matthew's Church - 1.3 miles (Historic Church)
Chulmleigh, St Mary Magdalene Church - 4.1 miles (Historic Church)
Sampford Courtenay, St Andrew's Church - 4.8 miles (Historic Church)
Morchard Bishop, St Mary's Church - 6 miles (Historic Church)
Burrington, Holy Trinity Church - 6.1 miles (Historic Church)
Finch Foundry - 8.7 miles (Historic Building)
Witheridge, St John the Baptist Church - 8.9 miles (Historic Church)
Satterleigh, St Peter's Church - 9.3 miles (Historic Church)
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