English Churches - South West
One of the oldest churches in the area with carved pew ends, medieval floor tiles and Clevland memorials
Peterís Church is at the top of the village and surrounded by a large
graveyard. The church dates from the early C14th and the tower is C15th.
Entry is through the south porch with its carved bosses. There is a massive wood door leading into the church. The latch is unusual as you have to turn it to open.
The church was originally cruciform with south and north transepts but the north transept was extended at the start of the C15th to form the north aisle.
Inside it is a large church with a barrel plaster ceiling with wood ribs with carved gilded bosses. At the base of the ribs are carved angels holding shields. The windows contain C19th stained glass. Oil lamps hang from the ceiling although these have been adapted to take electric light bulbs. There is a wood screen across the end of the north aisle, which encloses a vestry. The organ is between the chancel and the vestry.
There is another wood screen across the base of the tower with bell ropes hanging down.
The chancel has a simple table altar with a wooden reredos. On either side are boards with the Creed, Ten Commandments and the Lordís Prayer. The C19th east window depicts the Crucifixion.
The old wooden pews in the nave have wonderful carved end, each one different.
The C15th floor tiles were probably made by the Barnstaple Pottery.
The font at the back of the nave is early English and has a splendid wood cover.
The old parish chest is in the south transept.
On the wall is a splendid monument to Thomas Challacombe who died in 1681.
Also on hanging on the wall is a hatchment.
Monuments in the north aisle commemorate members of the Clevland family of nearbyTapeley Park.
This is a very attractive church and, along with Instow Church, is one of the oldest in the area. The church is open daily from 10-5. The road to the church is narrow and parking is restricted. The nearest post code is EX39 4NN and the grid reference is SS 472286.
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