The Lantern Tower

Cross: Lady Chapel

Friends of St Andrew’s

The Friends of St Andrew’s is an independent charity which raises money towards the upkeep of the building. Secretary Simon Ford, 01297 553680.

St Andrew’s Church

Located in the centre of the town, the church plays an important part in the life of the community. A very unusual octagonal lantern tower sits on top of the 12th century tower containing eight bells. On top of the lantern is a large copper weathercock weighing 70lb.

The 14th-16th century main building and later aisles contain many historical features making the church well worth a visit.The Courtney monument in the chancel is the oldest in the church. It shows Margaret Beaufort, granddaughter of John of Gaunt, who married Thomas Courtney, 5th Earl of Devon, and died in 1439.

A fire in 1933 caused extensive damage. During renovation, a Saxon cross was discovered inside the tower and the restored cross now stands in the South Transept. It is considered the best Saxon carving in Devon.

The magnificent and huge west window installed in 1908 replaced a plain glass 15th century window. The glass shows Christ in majesty surrounded by angels, the apostles and scenes from the life of St Andrew. Each saint has a unique halo.

Christ in glory

Christ in glory

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St John

St Philip

St Philip