The Church (no dedication), West Ogwell, Devon
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A winding lane to an unexpected discovery
The winding lane that leads to this medieval church twists through the countryside, adding to the feeling of discovery when you arrive. The church has an atmosphere of remote obscurity which belies its closeness to Newton Abbot. The church stands on a knoll beside the former manor house (built in 1790). The exterior is severely plain - the chancel and nave date from about 1300, with the tower added in about 1400. The elegant interior, which has box pews, tiered benches in front of the tower screen and elegantly curved communion rails is mostly Georgian, apart from the medieval roof, thirteenth-century sedilia and a simple Jacobean pulpit. There are lovely views from the churchyard.
Mighty medieval church deep in the countryside
A stone-spired landmark
A church built by prisoners of war
Approached up track to Gaia House then across a grass slope to path through churchyard gate to south porch. Flagstone floor to porch with one step up from the churchyard. Access up grass to the churchyard and then up steps to the nave. Door and aisles are wide.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
2 miles south west of Newton Abbot, off A381
Nearest railway station: Newton Abbot (3 miles)
History & Further Information
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. Cornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide 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.
Community information for The Church (no dedication), West Ogwell All our Devon churches are in CCT's West region.
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