All Saints, Monkokehampton
All Saints’ is a Victorian church being substantially rebuilt in 1855 following a fire in which only the 14th century tower escaped. The original church must have been quite early as the first rector to be recorded was Roberto in 1265.
Despite the apparent monastic association in the name of the small village served by the church, the patronage has never been connected with a monastery and was in lay hands at the time of the Doomsday Book. However, the Abbey of Tavistock has held a small estate on the manor since early times on which there was a chapel, described in 1755 as being a quarter of a mile West of the church in the field still known as Chapel Marsh.
The church consists of a single aisle chancel and nave with an open timbered roof. It is quite small seating less than 100.
The tower is embattled perpendicular of three stages with crocheted pinnacles, some of which are badly weathered. It contains 4 bells, 3 of which are medieval, whilst the fourth, which weighs 8 cwt, was added in 1687. All have Latin inscriptions and names or initials of rectors or church wardens of the time.
The chancel arch has over it “I will wash my hands in innocency O Lord and so will go to thine altar”. Over the sanctuary the text reads “Let everything that hath breath praise the Lord”.
On the north side of the sanctuary there is a credence table within a trefoil headed recess whilst on the south side are a piscena for washing communion vessels and a sedilia, a canopied seat for clergy.
The oak reredos was presented by the first Earl of Iddesleigh, Stafford Henry Northcote, in memory of his brother, the Reverend Mowbray Northcote, who was rector 1853-1872. The lych-gate by which one enters the churchyard was presented by the same Reverend Northcote in memory of his children.
The colourful east window, which was exhibited at the Great Exhibition of 1851, was also presented by the first Earl of Iddesleigh. There are also stained glass windows in the north and south walls.
On the east wall of the nave is a bronze plaque commemorating the men of the parish who lost their lives in the 1914-1918 Great War.
Unfortunately the church remains locked other than during services but a key can be obtained from the Church Wardens, Mr W Pearce at Beechcroft, (100 yards on the right on the Hatherleigh Road).
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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