Chivelstone (1)

We walked down to the church at Chivelstone, which, surprisingly, was open and is much more interesting and atmospheric than Pevsner makes it appear (and it is not listed in Devon’s Fifty Best Churches) with a carved and painted wooden pulpit, which Pevsner does acknowledge:-

A fine, presumably pre-Reformation, said to be 1460, painted, and somewhat damaged, rood screen:-

And paintings in the panels below the roof screen which are definitely of interest in a slightly crude way, as representative of fifteenth-century views of the saints, both catholic and pagan:-


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