Holy Trinity

 Holy Trinity Church is set in the beautiful Devon countryside. The Church yard is well kept by volunteers and is a tranquil place to sit awhile.

Ideal place for weddings and other family events.  Fantastic for photographs.

This is a church which the Victorians by-passed so is quite original and simple but very atmospheric in its welcome when the great oak door is opened.

 The  earliest part of the building is thought to be be on the site of a Saxon place of worship. 

We know that there was a village to the east of the church with a manor house.  The village was burnt to the ground after the people who lived here contracted the black death around 1349 and the community was all but wiped out. Just one cottage remained which has survived to this day.

It is a Parish church of late C13 origins with C14 fabric, The north aisle is C16 with a straight joint clearly visible between it and the chapel.

There is a very good plaster on the wall which is thought to be early work by John Abbot of Frithelstock .   It is dated 1664 and is the reign of Charles11.  The plaster was given by the King in thanks for the loyalty of the people to the throne during the civil war. With the Reformation the King  allowed and encouraged people to once again celebrate Christmas day with church services  and  'Make Merrie' without fear of reprisal by the Cromwellian guards.

The tower was struck by lightning in the year 1879 and the church lay in ruins for 20 years. The tower was partly re-erected in 1892 and the church re-opened 1904. Work on the tower was completed in 1910/11

There are 3 bells :-the Treble 1758, the second 1625 and the Tenor 1658, these were re-hung in 1912

The floor between the aisles are Medieval Barnstaple tiles with an assortment of raised patterns, but they are poor and need attention.

The rood beam survives over the chapel and is carved on the east side. 

The oldest window is at the east end in the Lady Chapel, this is early English.

There are carved wall plates in the north aisle.

The Rood Screen is late Georgian /early Victorian

Our church is badly in need of roof repairs, water does come through and plaster is falling.  We are working hard to save our church but money is hard to find, lottery funding has been refused three times already .

It is a church with a warm and loving atmosphere from the moment you enter the door it encompasses you.  Our church has not. 

The tower was struck by lightning in the late 1800's and  eventually the 'poor' local people rebuilt the tower completed in 1910 - in our affluent world we would not want to be the generation that locks the church door forever.  WE need your help.

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Church Warden
01409 261181
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Morning Prayer at Sutcombe

for 30 mins
St Andrew
Sutcombe Holsworthy, EX22 7PP, United Kingdom

A short service of Morning Prayer - Lay led - held at St Andrew's Church Sutcombe

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