Cadeleigh, St Bartholomew's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Superb early 17th-century Leach monument
Sir Simon's first wife, Bridget Higgons (d. 1691) did not seem to rate so grandiose a memorial (one wonders what sort of family dynamics were at work?) but she is remembered in a memorial set against the east wall of the aisle, with a classical urn atop a marble pedestal, and an inscription within a wreath on the front.
The nave, chancel, and aisle are all barrel-vaulting, with painted ribs and wonderfully carved late medieval bosses, depicting grotesque faces, saints, foliage, wheels, and sacred monograms. The Tudor capitals in the nave are also quite wonderfully carved, with intricate foliage designs.
Box pews were fitted in the mid-18th century, when the walls were decorated with beautifully decorated plaster panels. As for the rather plain font, English Heritage calls it 'of uncertain date'; it could well be medieval, and it has almost certainly been recut at some point, obscuring any details which might suggest a date.
If it were not for the Leach monument I'd call St Bartholomew's an interesting rural church, but the presence of the superb memorial makes it an exceptionally rewarding historic building to visit. Honestly, I'm in awe of the artistry and craftsmanship displaid by the sculptors who created this and similar monuments.
THE LEACH MEMORIAL
Address: Cadeleigh, Devon, England, EX16 8HP
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Cadbury Castle Hillfort - 1.7 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Cadbury, St Michael's Church - 1.9 miles (Historic Church)
Fursdon - 2.1 miles (Historic House)
Cruwys Morchard, Holy Cross Church - 3.6 miles (Historic Church)
Tiverton, St George's Church - 3.8 miles (Historic Church)
Tiverton, St Peter's Church - 3.9 miles (Historic Church)
Tiverton Castle - 4 miles (Castle)
Puddington, St Thomas' Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
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