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St. Mary the Virgin, Combyne

May 16, 2017

St. Mary the Virgin, Combyne

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A trip for some quiet at St. Rita’s Centre in Honiton gave an opportunity to explore a bit on the way there. Firstly, I stopped at this wonderful church, tucked away down typical Devon lanes and well worth a visit. There doesn’t seem to be a website for this church but there is quite a bit on it at http://www.devonhistoricchurches.co.uk/index.php?page=st-mary-the-virgin-combpyne A site worth looking at for Devon’s churches.

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St. Mary’s was open with a simple and timeless interior. I found a guide to walk around with and some cards for sale, featuring a drawing of the church a copy of a book, ‘Pilgrim’s Guide to Devon Churches’ in which St. Mary’s is featured. There is also a folder about World War 1 casualties from the village. This would make a great Small Pilgrim Place. The visitors book had 11 entries for this year so far. Interestingly, several of the entries made reference to people coming here for family research. This is a significant factor in some places. Outside the door is a wonderful model of the church – unusual and charming.

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