Widecombe-in-the-moor Church and its treasures

I was in Widecombe yesterday where I met up with the Vicar Geoffrey Fenton to talk about the ‘Moor than meets the Eye‘ project and discuss some ideas as to how we might bring the village centre more alive for the many thousands of visitors who come each year. Geoffrey very kindly gave me a guided tour of the church – here are a few photographs.

Widecombe1A cross in the churchyard with Bonehill Rocks in the background

Widecombe2The church of St Pancras – the Cathedral of the Moor

Widecombe3Across the churchyard to the National Trust’s Church House and Sexton’s Cottage

Widecombe5The inside of the church is magnificent

Widecombe4The porch contain these four tablets telling the story of the time when the church was struck by lightning killing 3 people

Widecombe6

The chancel ceiling  contains dozens of wonderful carved bosses including this one of the ‘Three Hares’ – I have written about these before – see here. A symbol of Dartmoor’s tin miners and much more beside going way back into our pre-Christian past.

Widecombe8Here is the Green Man – another ancient figure

Widecombe10Here is the ‘Pelican in her piety’ – in early times it was thought was the female fed her young on her own blood (in fact she feeds then on regurgitated food). The Pelican is a symbol of charity and devotion to one’s offspring

The church is well worth a visit – I really must go back another day and photograph all the bosses – they tell so many tales and are very beautiful

 

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