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All Saints Church Combeinteignhead & St Blaise Haccombe


All Saints, Combeinteignhead.

 

The first mention of a church All Saints Churchon this site occurs in a Bishop’s Register of 1259, when Sir Henry de Brattone was instituted as Rector. However, the fine Norman font, with its cable twist and star mountings, provides evidence of a church in the 11th century. The earliest parts of the present building, such as the east wall of the south transept, may date from this period.

 

Many of the carved oak rood screen dates from around 1450, while the Elizabethan carved bench ends in the north transept are among the best in the country. There are ancient memorial tablets, and a fine arched altar tomb. The restoration work of 1850 and 1887 includes windows depicting the Ascension and the Good Shepherd.

 

As the original title of the church is unknown, it was dedicated to ‘All Saints’ by the Bishop of Exeter in 1986. The church is open daily, and a service is normally held every Sunday.

 

 

St. Blaise, Haccombe

 

St. Blaise ChurchThe little church of St. Blaise merits two stars in Simon Jenkins’ “England’s Thousand Best Churches” (Penguin 1999). It was built in 1233 by Sir Stephen de Haccombe on his return from the Fifth Crusade. He gave it the name of St. Blaise, a 4th-century Armenian Bishop and Martyr whose fame he had encountered in the East.

 

The church has been associated with the Carew family for over 500 years, and is noted for its fine collection of Mediaeval effigies, including that of its crusader founder, and an unusual alabaster effigy marking a heart burial. There are five fine brasses, which cover the period 1469 to 1656, Mediaeval and Moorish floor-tiles, and Flemish glass. Pieces of wood from Henry VIII’s flagship ‘Mary Rose’ are set into the processional cross.

 

A service is held every Sunday, at which the Book of Common Prayer is used. The church is open on Wednesday afternoons between April and September, from 2.00-4.00pm.


Rector: The Revd Annie Church
(Day off Thursday) The Rectory, Torquay Road,
Shaldon, TQ14 0AX
Telephone: 01626 873173

 

 

Churchwardens: Combe:

Mrs Clare Wreford, , Tel: 01626 906352

 

 

Churchwardens: Haccombe:

Mr Andrew Cooper, Tel: 01626 872310
Mrs Jeanne Cooper Tel: 01626 872310

 

Enquiries concerning Holy Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals should be addressed in the first instance to the Rector. The Blessed Sacrament is reserved at St Andrews, in Stokeinteignhead and is available for the sick and dying at any hour.

 


 

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