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Georgeham - St George
O/S Ref: SS 464 398
Park nearby in the village. Church normally open
 Above :  Mauger of St Aubyn (1294) Not in situ. Said to be unrestored and among the best examples in the country ('Nick' Norman, formerly Master of the Armouries, Tower of London.)

Left:  John Harris by W Tyler (1775) Hisbust on top is obscured by the chandelier bur can just about be made out; the medallion of Lady Dorothy Harris is set below.

Right: John Newcourt and family (late seventeenth century) Note the small head between the main group of six.
Gittisham - St Michael
Church normally unlocked. Park near the church. A very attractive village
O/S Ref: SY 133 983

Lady Ursula Putt (1674) & Sir Thomas Putt (1686)
Urns said to be by Edward Pearce. However Dr Clive Easter is unconvinced of this and believes that this could by London work, possibly by Stanton or Kidwell. The main part of the monument is by either William Stanton or William Kidwell, although Clive Easter thinks that it is not really within Stanton's recognizable work.
Henry Beaumont (1591) & Elizabeth
Alabaster and two types of marble. Unusual feature: the figure of an infant is carved on the wife's Prie-Dieu.
Joan Beaumont (1627)
Wife of Glid Beaumont, Rector
John Fiennes (1671) of Gray's Inn. Died at the age of 23.
The inscription is in Latin and begins: 'Come ye shoe-white lectors'
Anna Maria (1829), Elizabeth (1843), Amelia (1857), Juliana Joan (1848), Frances (1825) Putt, sisters.
Signed: Westminster Marble Co. Earl St, SW London
Raymundo Putt (1812)
By Joshua Theakson (not signed)
'Underneath this seat lie the remains of...' Hon David Stuart (1784) 3rd son of the Earl of Murray

Left Top: Lt Col William Henry Astley de la Pryme DSO (1952)
Left Bottom:
Richard Raymond Kitchener Marker JP (1961)
Mary Wilhelmina Marker (1871) Eldest daughter of Frances Amelia Marker.
Rev Thomas Putt (1844) Father of the Putt sisters, above. By Stephens of Exeter. Wrongly referred to as a brass in Pevsner.

Mural Brasses
Frederick Thomas Salmon (1906) Rector. Buried at Ryde, Isle of Wight. By J Wippell & Co Ltd, Exeter & London.
Annabella Elizabeth Sarah Salmon (1914) Wife of the above. Died on board RMS Orvieto and buried between the Straights of Messina and Stromboli
Cmdr Reginald Salmon DSO RNR (1940) Died on active service. 'On the outbreak of war in 1939 he rejoined and served with the mine-sweepers
Stanley Page Moulton (1958)
Ethel Marian Moulton (1972)
wife of the above
Frances Amelia Marker (1892) widow of Thomas John Marker. Died in Venice. with ivy leaf border. By J Wippell & Compy, Exeter & London.
Rev Thomas John Marker (1854) Rector. Records erection of window in his memory
Mary Wilhelmina Marker (1871) Records the erection of a window in her memory
John Marker (1873) Records the erection of a window in his memory

Haccombe - St Blaize
The church is locked except for Wednesday afternoons in the summer. Write to the church for permission to visit: the welcome is very cordial! I could not find Haccombe on my satnav but the postcode is TQ12 4SJ. Take the first exit at the roundabout at Newton Abbot on the A380  coming from Exeter. Follow this 'yellow' road for just over a mile until you come to the first staggered cross roads and turn right; there is no signpost but the turning is opposite a war memorial on your left. You should immediately pass a telephone box on your right. There is a sign to Haccombe and a later sign to St Blaize further along this road, which is quite narrow. Pass through a gateway marked Church Farm and Haccombe House along a very narrow road until you reach the church where you can park outside.
O/S Ref: SX 898 702,  O/S Map Landranger 202.

Medieval Effigies 

Above Top, Left Top & Right: Lady, late 13th century. Note the original paintwork and that she holds a book in her left hand. Said to be Isabella (St Aubin), wife of Jordan de Haccombe.

Above Bottom & Left Bottom:
Another late 13th century lady. Most of the paintwork is lost but she holds a shield on which are painted the de Haccombe arms. Said to be Margery or Margaret, wife of Sir Stephen de Haccombe.

Above, Left & Right: A knight of the late 13th century, said to be Sir Stephen de Haccombe (1240), who would then have been the husband of Margery or Margaret above.

Note the original paintwork and again the de Haccombe arms painted on the shield.

Special Interest: Note the details of the right arm, seen on the far right. It appears that a surface layer is flaking off and that the stone below is relatively smooth: this in fact the case. Often the mail was actually carved into the stone, a lengthy process but sometimes a quicker technique was used: the limbs, or where the mail was to be seen,  were  covered in a plaster like material, gesso, and this was then stamped with the mail pattern, presumable with a special tool designed for the process. This is what we see here with the gesso flaking off thr stone below. This is rarely seen as the gesso has usually be lost years before.

Above: Alabaster effigy of the late fourteen century, only 2' 2" in length.  Small effigies sometimes represent hear burials and sometimes hold hearts, although not necessarily. They can also represent children and this effigy is dressed as a boy of the period. Said to be Edward Courtney, son of Sir Hugh and Lady Philippa, whose monument is shown below, who died at 16 while studying at Oxford. The bottom far right photograph shows the two monuments together.

Above & Below: Monuments of c. 1400 with two effigies on a restored high battlemented tomb chest. Said to be Sir Hugh Courtney (1419) & Philippa (1412).
He married four times: Elizabeth Fitzpayn (1392), Elizabeth Cotton (1397) , Philippa Archdekne (1412) (represented here) and finally Maud Beaumont (1467), who outlived him by nearly fifty years.

Monumental Brasses 

Nicholas Carew (1469)
Latin inscription. The arms are not contemporary with the main figure (see below)
Thomas Carew (1586)
 Latin inscription.
Mary Carew (1589)
Wife of Thomas
English inscription
Thomas & Anne Carew (1656) English inscription. Special Interest: a rare brass dating from the Commonwealth. The brass is set in several parts: left is the inscription (lower part) and right are the arms (upper part). There are or were arms at each upper corner. The central part is shown below.  

Nicholas Carew as above
Thomas Carew as above
The central effigeal part of the Carew 1656 brass. It is now difficult to make out and is rather rustic in its engraving. The parents kneel at a prayer desk and the children kneel behind them. There is a winged angel's head above them and two angels loll on either side of this. There are several death symbols scattered around.
This is clearer from an excellent rubbing shown in Lack, Stutchfield and Whittemore, The Monumental Brasses of Devonshire (Monumental Brass Society, 2000) where we can see that the parents and children kneel in an arched  building of some sort and the winged head is within while the lolling angels sit on the roof. There is one daughter kneeling behind her mother and an five sons kneeling behind their father. The death symbols are skulls (on the side of the prayer desk), hour glasses and gave diggers' tools

NB: There is also reported to be a brass to Elizabeth Carew (1611) wife of John Carew, but neither Amanda not I seem to have located it.
Mary Carew as above
Thomas & Ann Carew as above

Later Monuments & Brasses

Above: Sir Henry Carey Bt (1830) & Elizabeth Carew (1862) Latin inscription carved into the tomb chest lid.
Elizabeth Palk Carew (1818) Daughter of the above; she died age 5
Far Left:
Sir John Carew Bt (1759) & Elizabeth Carew (1817) Ledger stone. It looks like there was a rectangular brass plate set into the lower park of this stone

Elizabeth Anne (1921) & Beatrix Carew. Sisters Jasper Carew (1914) 2nd Lt Yorkshire regiment, KIA Hazebrouck, France aged 20 Fitzwilliam John Taylor, Archpriest of Haccombe (1824-1896) Sir Henry Palk Carew (1934)
9th baronet

Other Brasses
Elizabeth Palk Carew (1818)  Brass inscription on a black marble slab. Her monument is shown above.
Mary Ann Lyde (1829) Brass inscription on a sandstone slab.
Sir Thomas Carew Bt (1805) & Jane (1838)  Brass inscription on a sandstone slab.
Maude Charlotte Louise Carew (1856) She died aged 6.  Brass inscription on a sandstone slab.
Sir Walter Palk Carew Bt (1871) & Anne Frances  Brass inscription on a sandstone slab.
Sir Walter Palk Carew Bt (1873)  Brass inscription on a sandstone slab.

There is also a 13th century grave cover with a cross in relief and very worn. It is now set into one of the niches in the nave; the other two are empty, the ladies occupy niches in the chancel and chapel

With thanks again to Amanda Miller for send me some of the photographs used in Haccombe above.
Haccombe - A Curiosity but not Unique
The incumbent of Haccombe - this is, the priest who holds the freehold - has the curious title of archpriest; you'll see it on the church notice board should you visit. This is not unique as Wikipedia incorrectly states as that title is also given to the incumbent of Bere Ferrers, also in Devon, and in both cases the incumbent is a rector. The term rector or vicar has no significance now although it did in the past (team rector and team vicar have a different meaning altogether and are not discussed here) .  An archpriest is not a clerical order (or what we might call  'rank') such as deacon, priest or bishop, even though it sounds like it might be, nor is there any special title - such as Very Reverend - associated with it. In fact if the cleric who holds the title of archpriest moves to another parish the title stays with the original parish and  does not move with the cleric, who reverts to being a priest.  The title does have other meanings both in the past and in other churches but this is not the place to discuss them. An archpriest is not subject to the authority of the bishop (in this case the Bishop of Exeter) but rather directly to the Archbishop of Canterbury and he or she has the right to sit next to the bishop on formal occassions. However today it is more usual to follow the standard channel of the church hierarchy.
The title of Archpriest of Haccombe was first given in 1315 and confirmed as late as 1913. An archpriest had supervisiory function - although not a judicial one - over a number of priests, so that the role was similar to that of a rural (or urban) dean today.
There is a similar peculiarity in the south and east of England where some incumbents are given the title Dean whether or not they are an actual rural or urban dean, who incidentally are not addressed by the title Dean at all. However a dean of a cathedral is adressed as Mr Dean or Dean Smith. An example if Bocking in Essex.

Harberton - St Andrew
O/S Ref: ST 005 128
 Above & Left & Right: Robert Godfrey Harvey (1895) know as Tito, he was born in Peru, his mother's homeland; he died at school aged 10. Life size alabaster by Hems.
Wall Monuments
Thomas Risdon 17th century tablet with wreathed oval (Devon: Pevsner)

I have not personally visited this church. Pevsner states that the tablet mentioned above is to Thomas Risdon the Devonshire Topograper but gives no date. Thomas Risdon (ob 1641) was buried in the south aisle of St Andrew's, Harberton, where there was a stone with the inscription: Thomas Risdon Armiger nono Die Oct. Anno Dom 1641'.  Is the tablet to him?

However Tristram Risdon was the Devon antiquary and topographer who wrote 'A Survey of Devonshire'. He died in 1640 and was buried in St Giles Church, near Torrington where there seems to be no monument.

With many thank to Amanda Miller of Amanda's Arcade for sending me all the photographs of Harberton and some of the photographs of Haccombe.

The Harvey Mausoleum
This is in the churchyard and is of white marble and by Hems. Inside there is another life size recumbent figure of Tito but in white marble. Also Alida, Lady Harvey ( 1901) and Sir Robert Harvey (1930). All these figures are of white marble and by Toft.

Hatherleigh -  St John the Baptist
Church normally unlocked. You may be able to park in the town but it is notoriously difficult; otherwise there is a pay car park at the opposite end of the town to the church. There are a number of 17th century and later wall monuments, most very modest ones.
Charles Stothard passed through Hatherleigh coming from Atherington (a walk I've sometimes made) on his way to Bere Ferris.
O/S Ref: SS 541 046
Unfortunately I walked to this church, which is very dark inside, with a simple light camera and not all of the photographs were satisfactory

Above from left to right:
John Lethbridge Gent (1704) . Below this in contrast: Ann Phelps (1868) 'who died at the vicarage'
2. William Wivill (1695) Also John Fortescue (1707), son of William Wivell's daughter, Joan.  Likewise Jane (1711) , daughter of John Fortescue
4. Top Rev Craddock Glascott AM. Vicar for 49 years
Bottom Left
George Arnold (____) & Ann (1688) Fish merchant
Bottom Right
John Yeo (1662) An incised slab now cemented into a wall monument. Very difficult to make out the slab but there appears to be an armed figure kneeling at a prayer desk with his wife kneeling opposite. This has been set in a wall monument which features a skull and shields but cannot be identified.

Other Monuments
01. 'In a vault near this spot lie interred the remains of...' Constance (1836 aged 6m) & George Herbert (1843 ahed 3m) Children of Joseph and Frances Herbert. White tablet with rosebud on the pediment.
02. Louise Elizabeth Oldham (1881) Daughter of Joseph & Frances Elizabeth. Mural brass on gray marble base, itself on white marble base which records that the window in the tower was constructed in her memory.
03. Dark tablet in dark frame almost totally obliterated. May be traces of lettering (Ref: P9200020)
04. Rev Craddock
05. Mary Philipps Isbell Oldham (1917) daughter to Rev Philip Nind Ma, Vicar of an Oxfordshire parishe, and widow of William Thomas Mercer MA of Perthshire. Also to Ernest Joseph Oldham (Lord of the Manor of Hatherleigh) and Arthur Isbell Oldham. Window sill brass. [I can't understand it either]
06. James Henry Veale (18__) Brass tablet on window sill
07. Emily Veal (1879) Widow of the above . White metal on window sill
08. Henry Mallet Veal (1905) Son of James and Emily. Wall brass with arms
10. Ellen Veal (1927) Wife of Henry Mallet. White tablet.
11. Rev Wescott Harris Veale BA (1862) Second son of James and Emily. Vicar for only 6 months. Black & white tablet.
12. Esther Day (1852); her son James Salmon Day (1850) Surgeon. Black & white tablet
13. Evelyn Camilla Hooper (1877 aged 11) Tile on window sill
14. Joseph Oldham (1887) and his and his wife's (Frances) second son, Charles Edward Philipp (1888). Brass with coloured arms; Latin inscription. Black backing.
15. John Paddon Gent (1797) & Jane (1792) '...whose remaind are interred in the middle Aisle of this Church...'
16. James Veale Mallett (1816) 4th son of William Mallet of Ash (Iddesleigh); nephew of Jammes Veale; Also his wife Susanna (1836) and Grandson James (10 months) White tablet with arms in pediment
17. George Gould (1928) aAlso his parents Henry (1854) and Matilda (1913). All churchwardens. Brass which tells that the bells were recast and the clock given in their memory by his sister. Also added I C Rossiter MA Vicar

Holsworthy - St Peter & St Paul
Church open during normal hours. Park in the pay car park opposite the church. May be street parking a short walk away. Like Hatherleigh another dark interior.
O/S Ref: SS 343 039

Above Left:Humphrey Saunders (1696) Rector. Latin inscription.
Above Centre:
Partly faded illegible. John Pearce (1726), his wife Elizabeth Dorle (1736), their son, Edward Pearce (1727), Grace Edgcumb (1761), Edward Pearce (1769), Honor Philp (1767), Thomas Pearce (17__) & Mary Pryce (____)
Above Right:

Above Far Left Top:
All I can make out is 'George'
Above Far Left Bottom:
Richard Kingdon (1816) & Rebecca (1838) By: Kendall of Exeter

Above Left:
Probably a ledger stone; 'Here lyeth the body of Theophilius Denis (1696) of Great Torrington.

Two tombstone probably from the churchyard, the lower parts are obscured:

Francis Thorne (1841) Iremonger of Holsworth
Francis Cole (1807) Chemist and Druggist of Holsworthy.

The town, at the time of writing, no longer has an ironmonger nor indpendent pharmacist

Other Monuments
01. 'Near this spot are deposited the Remains of...' John Joseph Simpson (1827 aged 27) '...late of Upper Thames Street, London' White tablet
02. John Hoskin (1863) and Sarah (1846) He was a tanner. White on black tablet.
03. Benedict Marwood Keylly (1836) & Mary (1837) White tablet with arms in the pediment
04. Stephen Doble Hearle (1859) & Eulalia (1858) He was a surgeon. White tablet with a rose in the pediment; signed by Baker.
05. George Braund (1891), his wife Thirza (1891) and their only child Ann Hearn (1863 aged 4) 'All of whom are interred at Shebbear' Also added: Ann Hearn Braund (1902), sister of George.
06. Hugh Cann (1841) & Margery (1864)
07. Samuel Cory (1833) & Grace (1831) White tablet with arms in pediment; black base.
08. Henry Cory & Joan; Rev Samuel Hart & Ann. White tablet with arms in pediment, black base.

A series of tablets to a former rector and his family:

09. Reverend Owen Lewis Meyrick (1819) Rector for 53 years save five days' Black and white tablet with arms in the pediment. The tablet refers to his wife and six surviving children: William, Elizabeth, Thomas, Anne, Jane & Harriet.
10. Elizabeth Mayrick [Manley] (1818)  Wife of the Reverend Owen Meyrick above.
11. Elizabeth Mayrick (1853) Eldest daughter of the late  Reverend Owen  Meyrick above
12 . 'Near this spot rest the mortal remains of' Anne Meyrick (1867) Daughter the Reverend Owen Meyrick. 

Honeychurch - St Mary
Church always open. A charmmingly simple remote church. No village. Park nearby. O/S Ref: SS 343 039

Only one monument: To the Momory of JOHN DUNNING who died the 2nd of March 1778 aged 68. Also of ELIZABETH his Wife who died the 3rd Oct. 1781 aged 68. And To the pious Memory of Ann Dunning Daughr of the abve Dep this life the 29 of Jany 1805 AGED 14

Holcomb Rogus - All Saints
Church is open from 9.00am to 5.00pm during BST. At other times open Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the same hours. You can park near the church on the road you can see in the Photograph.  O/S Ref: ST 056 190


Above: Sir John Bluett (1634) and Wife. Alabaster. Eight children kneel below their parents; those holding skulls died before their parents.
Right Centre: Close up of the above
Right Bottom:
Close up of the children


Above: Richard Bluett (1614) and Wife. Alabaster
Right Top:
Close up of the figures

Faith Clarke (171?), daughter of John Clarke, and (added later) Hannah Kerslake, daughter of Peter Kerslake. The inscription implies that they were friends. Mrs Mary Baynard (1718) Daughter of Thomas Baynard 'In the south porch of this church are deposited the remains of...' Judith Wills (1869) and her husband William Wills (1875), 31 years vicar. Their stone is shown below. 'In a vault undernesth...' Ann Peard (1756) and her husband Oliver Peard (1764) 'In a vault near this place...' Rev'd Rob't Bluett (1749) and his son John Edward Bluett (1766) On the pedestal of the urn is a relief of the Good Samaritan. Added below later: 'Also in memory of Jane Bluett (1772)', wife of Rob't Robert Bluett and his wife Kerenhappuch (Wood) There is then a list of their 3 sons and 5 daughters. No dates. Mauge & Co of Bath 1783
There are a large number of 17th century in the church aisles, mostly in quite good condition. Here are a few as well as other items.

Stone in the porch, complete with iron rings for lifting. The initials refer to the Wills, whose brass is shown above. I like the coloquial WW VIC ofr the vicar! Phillip Clerk (1677)
Latin inscription
Phillip Pointz (1645)
English inscription
Amos Needs (1698)
English inscription
Two small stones to former vicars: Revd. Samuel Wills (1776) and Revd. Joseph Wills (1789).

Were they perhaps father and son?
Francis Bluet (1691) Elizabeth Bluet [Buckland] (1692)
Wife of John Bluet
Two ledger stones to the Bluet Family in rhe Bluet(t) Chapel

Above: Charlotte Rayer. Note the obsolescent term 'electric light'; I presumed 1937 was when electricity came to the church

Right: Tristram Whitter (1824) Vicar for 47 years. Also his wife Elizabeth (1813)

Horwood - St Michael
Church unlocked during normal hours. Park in village: limited space opposite church
O/S Ref: SS 502 276

Elizabeth Pollard (1430) alabaster, 4' in length. Note the three children wrapped in her cloak: a delightful touch
Left: 'Here lyeth the body of John Futts Gent. who dyed in the true fayth and was buried the 7th day of January 1622. Christus mihi vita. J F Mori mihi lucrum'
Above Left: '
Here Rest the Bodies of Arthure Pollard of this pariſhe eſquier, And Johanne his wife, he was Buried ye 10th of october 1633 ſhe ye 3th of June 1622. Requiaſcant in pace'
Above Right:
In the memorie of MR Robert Brian who was rector of this church almost 43 yeares and departed this life the 21 February 1634 being the age of 81. Mors miho lucrum.,
 '' Here lyeth ye body of Iohn Dene of this  parish Gent who was bvried the 19 day of Febrvary Anno Dom 16_4 Here [also] lyeth ye body [of] Humphery son [of] Iohn Dene of _ Gent who was buryed ye 8th of December Anno Dom 1693. Here alſso lyeth ye body of Iohn ye son of Humphery Dene of this [parish] Gent _ Anno Dom 1688'

William Branch Pollard (1963) Doctor of Science and Genealogist. With arms
Mjr Charles Percival Parker OBE (1948)
Frederick Arundel Dene (1939) Indian Imperial Police (Madras)
Rev John Dene (1857) & his wife Maria Barston (1839)
Wall Brasses
Octavius Dene BA (1897) Indian Military Chaplain
Walter Molesworth Dene (1906)
Imogen Clement (née Dene) (1932)
Col Arthur Pollard Dene CMG DSO Legion d'Honneur (1945)
Katharine Twysoen Dene (19320
Richard Clark Dene (1986)
Mariner Captain P&O Service
Frances Beatrice Parker (née Dene) (1958)
Dorothy Dene (1965)
Herbert Lawrence Lewis BD (1932) 
A brass indicates the heaters and altar curtains are in memory of Maud (1983) & Richard (1981) Sullivan
Francis St George Dene (1891) Madras Survey
Lt Col Humphrey Dene DSO (1948)
Mary Bowley (née Dene) (1975)
John Dene (1922)
John (1985) & Cecily Maude (1995) Dean
Peter Humphrey Dene DFC (1953)
Kia fighting against the Mau Mau rebels, Kenya
Katharine Joan Wrey (née Dene) (1966)
Joshua Downing (1899)
He died in the wreck of the SS Stella of the coast of Casquets, Channel Islands

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