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Chagford The Church of St Michael the Archangel, Devon


  • Located in Chagford, Devon, South West England, England
  • Church in the centre of Chagford dating from the thirteenth century
  • We'd recommend buying the 'Short History and Guide' to St Michael the Archangel Church. This was on sale by the north west door when we visited. It's a fascinating read. For example, 'in the granite floor of the sanctuary are several memorials of Hayters who succeeded each other as Rectors of Chagford and on the south side, an appealing verse commemorating Mary Whiddon. It is said that she was shot by a jealous former suitor as she left the church after her wedding in 1641 ... It is believed that this inspired R.D. Blackmore to write the story of Lorna Doone. Tradition has it that any girl married from Whiddon House (now the Three Crowns) will meet the ghost of Mary Whiddon'
  • Other things to look out for include the Tinners rabbits bosses, the statue of St Michael by the north west door and the pulpit carving. Take time to study The Applique which took nearly a decade to make
  • There's an excellent history of the church on its website. It includes a brief history of the site which, possibly, dates back to 500-700AD when missionaries arrived in the area (source: Chagford The Church of St Michael the Archangel, link provided below)
  • The Bishop of Exeter dedicated the church to St Michael the Archangel in 1261. Much of the building we see today dates from the 15th century
  • In the churchyard, look out for the grave of James Perrott. Dartmoor is known for its letterboxing. Perrott set up the first at Cranmere Pool
  • By James Penman

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