St James, Iddesleigh

St James’ is a 15th Century Church in the Gothic Style, restored in 1848. It consists of chancel, nave, aisles, South porch and an embattled Western tower with pinnacles. This contains the 6 bells, of which two are dated 1620, a third 1629; new bells were added in the early 20th century.

There are excellent wagon roofs with large, plainly carved bosses:

One, above the South aisle, is believed to be the “Green Man” a fertility symbol and nearby is the boss of the 3 Hares symbol.

The bosses over the chancel are in the form of ten “Angels” holding shields each depicting the Passion, nails, scourge, cup and so on.

The stained glass memorial windows were all erected in the early 1900s in memory of local families, the Mallets, the Smyth Osbourne family of nearby Ash House, the Arnolds of Nethercott and Stafford Henry Northcote, first Earl of Iddesleigh, who died in 1887.


Sadly due to coronavirus all church buildings are temporarily closed. Prayer, worship and practical support is continuing online and over the phone. We are holding a Sunday Service of Morning Prayer at 10.00am each week via Skype. There are also Morning Prayer booklets available on the Benefice website to use at home, on a Sunday morning. Please contact [email protected] for details. Resources for Morning Prayer at Home including an order of service, readings and a weekly letter can be found on the benefice website.


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The Rectory, Cleave Hill, Dolton, Winkleigh

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