English Churches - South West
A large C19th church with some unusual Benedicite windows
there has been a church in Lynton for hundreds of years, only the C15th
tower survives as the rest of the church was rebuilt in the C19th. At
the top of the hill, in the centre of the village, the church is
surrounded by the churchyard.
It is a large church with arcades of octagonal pillars and pointed arches separating the nave and side aisles. The nave has a massive wood roof. The chancel roof is made of narrow slats of wood with darker wood ribs with carved bosses.
Steps lead up to the chancel with a simple altar set below the east window, depicting the Nativity with angels and archangels. At the top is the risen Christ. There is a three seater sedilia and ambry on the south wall.
The Lady Chapel is at the end of the north aisle and has a full size statue of the Virgin Mary. The altar front and stations of the Cross are made of beaten copper. The stone reredos has paintings showing the Annunciation, Nativity, Death and Resurrection. The centre panel originally had a carving of the Crucifixion with the Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene. This so horrified the parishioners it had to be removed and the panel is now covered with blue velvet. On either side are the signs of the four apostles.
The South Aisle has organ at end and is the kidís corner. The tower is at the back of the south aisle and has a wooden screen across the base. In front of it is the font with a Jacobean oak lid. The pulpit is carved wood.
Most of the windows are plain glass and are described as Benedicite windows. This was an ancient text calling on all creation to sing praises to its creator. There are lead outlines of fish, birds, animals and flowers.
The church is open daily. There is some on road parking opposite the church. The post code is EX35 6HY and the grid reference is SS 720494.
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