English Churches - South West

St Mary's Church, Lynton, Devon


A large C19th church with some unusual Benedicite windows


Although 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.

St Mary's Church, Lynton

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.

St Mary's Church, Lynton

St Mary's Church, Lynton

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.

St Mary's Church, Lynton

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.

St Mary's Church, Lynton

St Mary's Church, Lynton

St Mary's Church, Lynton

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.

St Mary's Church, Lynton        St Mary's Church, Lynton

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.

St Mary's Church, Lynton   St Mary's Church, Lynton

St Mary's Church, Lynton

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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