Some Old Devon Churches
By J. Stabb
London: Simpkin et al (1908-16)
Transcribed and edited by Dr Roger Peters
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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.
OGWELL, WEST [Dedication unknown]. The church, which is situated in the park of West Ogwell House, is cruciform in shape, and consists of chancel, nave, north and south transepts, south porch, and west tower with three bells. In the chancel are triple sedilia with trefoil arches, separated from each other by granite columns. The pulpit is old, it formerly had coats of arms of the Reynell family. The church is whitewashed, and retains the old box pews which have been painted white. It cannot be said that there is much of interest in the interior, but the exterior is a picturesque example of an old village church.
The registers date: baptisms, 1684; marriages, 1695; burials, 1696.