Some Old Devon Churches

By J. Stabb

London: Simpkin et al (1908-16)

Page 249

Transcribed and edited by Dr Roger Peters

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Prepared by Michael Steer

Between 1908 and 1916, John Stabb, an ecclesiologist and photographer who lived in Torquay, published three volumes of Some Old Devon Churches and one of Devon Church Antiquities. A projected second volume of the latter, regarded by Stabb himself as a complement to the former, did not materialize because of his untimely death on August 2nd 1917, aged 52. Collectively, Stabb's four volumes present descriptions of 261 Devon churches and their antiquities.

WEMBWORTHY. St. Michael. The church has been restored and contains little of interest; it consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, porch, and west tower with three bells. Behind the pulpit is a 13th century piscina.

An old inscription is as follows:- In memory of Mary the wife
of Arthur Bury Gent., and
daughter of John Clotworthy
of Rashleigh Esq. who departed
this life the 15th day of July
Anno Dom 1651.

There are some fine bosses to the west of the old chancel arch. On the west wall of the tower are two stones, one inscribed "I. C. 1626" and the other "T. Parish 1840".

The registers date from 1674.