Puddington, St Thomas' Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Medieval bench ends
The font is 15th century, made of Beer stone and topped by a slightly later ironwork cover. The chancel floor is made with 18th century black and white marble tiles.
The oldest part of the church is the tower, built in the late Norman period. The tower arch, now arguably the most impressive feature in the church, was only discovered in 1975, having been blocked by masonry since 1837.
The Alphabet BellThe tenor bell is fascinating; it may date to as early as the 14th century, though the 16th century seems more likely. It is an 'Alphabet Bell'; that is, an inscription has been replaced by letters of the alphabet. In this case Z is missing, and C, D, L, Q, X, and Y are upside down. This type of bell was common in the reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I, when Latin inscriptions might be considered politically inflammatory, while English inscriptions would be unfamiliar.
There are few noteworthy memorials, but set on a window sill at the west end of the nave is a plaque with moulded plaster figures of a skull and crossed bones. The carving was rescued from the Blagdon family monument in Honiton Church after a fire in 1911. In the north aisle is a charity board commemorating the gift of 10 pounds to the poor, given by Humphrey Brooke of Cruwys Morchard in 1662.
St Thomas' is a lovely country church, notably mostly for its late medieval bench ends and old bells, and set in a very pretty village.
About Puddington, St Thomas' Church
Address: Puddington, Devon, England, EX16 8PJ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Set back from the main east-west road through the village. Parking along the lane. The church was open when we visited.
Website: Puddington, St Thomas' Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Cruwys Morchard, Holy Cross Church - 2.7 miles (Historic Church)
Witheridge, St John the Baptist Church - 3.1 miles (Historic Church)
Morchard Bishop, St Mary's Church - 4.2 miles (Historic Church)
Upton Hellions, St Mary's Church - 4.6 miles (Historic Church)
Sandford, St Swithun's Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
Cadeleigh, St Bartholomew's Church - 5.2 miles (Historic Church)
Shobrooke Park - 5.9 miles (Garden)
Cadbury, St Michael's Church - 6 miles (Historic Church)
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