Photographer's Note

Good Morning Everyone,

Yesterday, my street scene featured the square tower of St. Mary's Church in the background.

I thought you may be interested to see more of this old building. (I will show other details as workshops.)

St. Mary’s Church was originally built as a chapel-of-ease to St. Peter’s Church, (the Anglo-Saxon church which I featured previously). It was begun by Gilbert de Gaunt in the 12th century and finished by his son Walter, being called the Chapel of All Saints.

In 1248 it was altered with the removal of the nave altar, and was re-dedicated in honour of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Before the end of the Middle Ages, a churchyard had been enclosed and during the 12th and 13th centuries aisles were added, and the west tower was built. More building work continued during the 14th and 15th centuries resulting in it being along the same scale if not larger than St. Peter's.

St. Mary's is now the Parish Church, with the older church under the care of English Heritage.

Though the church has a fine exterior, I did not find the interior as interesting as St. Peter's.

Thank you for your interest, Bev :-)

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Additional Photos by Beverley Robinson (Royaldevon) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9761 W: 386 N: 22569] (88442)
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