Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, Devon

Address: Torbryan Hill, Torbryan, Newton Abbot, Devon, TQ12 5UR
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Open daily. Please note: the chancel at Holy Trinity is accessible only immediately after scheduled services.
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Mighty Medieval church deep in the countryside

The approach to this church, through typical narrow Devon lanes to an isolated and wooded valley, does not prepare you for a building of such size and grandeur.

The church is a perfect example of the Gothic Perpendicular style and was unusually constructed in one 20-year building campaign between 1450 and 1470. The superb, soaring tower rises in three stages, and has an octagonal stair turret which forms a dramatic architectural feature.

As you enter look up at the exquisite and rare fan-vaulted ceiling with four small angels supporting the central ribs of each fan. Inside there is a beautifully carved altar screen that spans the width of the church, dividing the interior with its graceful arches.

Below ithe screen are painted panels of 40 saints – they were once whitewashed, perhaps to save them from the puritanical zeal of the Reformation. The delicacy of the wood carving is echoed by the elegant tracery of the windows, many of which contain Medieval stained glass.

Parts of the original rood-screen were reused, probably in the early 19th-century, to form the pulpit, while at the same time the original pulpit was reconstructed as the altar. The 15th-century oak benches survive but were enclosed in the 18th-century to form box pews.

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Road directions

4 miles south west of Newton Abbot, off A381

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Totnes (3.8 miles)

OS Reference No.

SX 820 669

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Useful information

Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?

You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.

 

 

 

 

PDF iconCornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide (PDF, 4.5mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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  1. Dwayne W Hallman (25 Mar 2013, 17:56)

    I am a friend of Trevor Overton from the U.S. I understand he passed away in November 2012. Was he a member of your church? We will be visiting Rotherham England in April and would like to know if you have contacts for his children. If this is not the church he attended please excuse this email.

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Community information for Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan

 

All our Devon churches are in CCT’s West region.

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List of churches in Devon 

Devon is in the Diocese of Exeter

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, Devon

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

There are steps down into the church.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.