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Abbotskerswell, St. Mary. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
All Saints, dedicated to All Saints. Julie Baker.
Alminstone Cross, former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1876). Another view. SS 347 202.
Both Martin Richter (2011).
Appledore.
Ashburton, St. Andrew. Previously in the "unidentified" section as a postcard with no clues whatsoever. Thanks to Janet Gimber for identifying this church.
From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. Another old postcard view, this one from Andrew Ross's Collection. Link.
Aveton Gifford, St. Andrew. Interior view. Both James Murray. Link.

Awliscombe, St. Michael & All Angels. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Axminster.
Axmouth, St. Michael. Another view, two interiors - 1, 2, the altar, and the font. All Dennis Harper (2012). Grade I listed.

Barnstaple.
Beer, St. Michael. Congregational Church. Both Graeme Harvey.
Belstone, St. Mary the Virgin. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Berry Pomeroy, St. Mary. Interior view. Both John Hawkins. Link.
Bicton Park, St. Mary. Another view. Interior view. All Alan Blacklock. Link.
Bideford, St. Mary. From an old postcard, Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. Graeme Harvey (2010). Link. Baptist Church. Graeme Harvey (2010). Lavington U.R.C. Graeme Harvey (2010).
Bigbury, St. Lawrence. Another view. Interior view. All James Murray.
Bishop's Nympton, St. Mary. Peter Wenham. Link.
Bishopsteighton, St. John the Baptist. SX 911 735. Andrew Ross.
Bovey Tracey, St. Peter, St. Paul and St. Thomas of Canterbury. Interior view. Both John Hawkins. Link. Baptist Church. Graham French.
Bradworthy, St. John the Baptist. Graeme Harvey (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Branscombe, St. Winifred. Another view. Both Christopher Skottowe (1967). An interior view, the altar and font, all from old postcards in Christopher Skottowe's Collection. Link1. Link2.
Brixham, Baptist Church, dated 1895. Fore Street Methodist Church. Both James Murray.
Brixton, St. Mary. Peter Wood. Link.
Brushford, St. Mary the Virgin (K). SS 677 077. Brad Rogers (2010). Link.
Buckfast Abbey, from an old postcard Bulman Collection. This postcard, from Reg Dosell's Collection must pre-date the previous one - note the lack pinnacles on the tower. A modern view. SX 742 673. Andrew Ross. Methodist Chapel. SX 742 673. Andrew Ross. Another view, and an interior shot. Both James Murray. Note that although the sign on the side of the building says "Buckfast Methodist Chapel", the sign in the ground just says "Buckfast Chapel", and church is used by Methodists and Anglicans.
Buckfastleigh.
Buckland in the Moor, St. Peter. Previously in the "Unknown" section, Colin MacDermott had asked for help in identifying a church in a photo taken by his father in 1951. At the time he was living in Swindon, but his work took him across the south-west of England. Thanks to Phil Draper for the identification. Link.
Buck's Cross, St. Anne. Another view, interior view, and a fine display of kneelers. SS 349 232. All Martin Richter (2011).
Bucks Mills, former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1907). Another view. SS 357 234. Both Martin Richter (2011).
Budleigh Salterton, St. Peter. Temple Methodist Church. Both Graeme Harvey.
Burrington, Holy Trinity. Peter Wenham. Link.

Chagford, St. Michael the Archangel, well-hidden by trees. Another view, the tower. Link. Gospel Church. All James Murray (2010).
Chawleigh, St. James. SS 711 126. Andrew Ross. Link.
Chittlehampton, St. Hieritha. Can you identify the small church to its left? From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's collection. Thanks to Janet Gimber for advising that the "church" next door is in fact the CoE primary school. Link.
Chudleigh, St. Martin & St. Mary. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. An un-posted postcard, this one provided no clues at all, and had languished in the Unknown section for several years. Janet Gimber has identified it as Chudleigh church, and provided this link to a photo taken from a similar angle. For additional proof, see Google Earth for the relationship between the church and the field walls. From Steve Bulman's Collection.
Clapworthy, former church, now in residential use. It must have closed prior to 1976, as a map of that date doesn't show a church. Older maps have a church or chapel (1957-8), Mission Chapel (1905), and St. John's Church (1889). SS 676 241. Martin Richter (2011).
Clovelly, All Saints. From an old postcard, Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, and an interior view. SS 309 252. Both Nick Hopton. Another view. Martin Richter (2011). Methodist Chapel (1820, as Wesleyan). SS M317 248. Martin Richter (2011). Link. Grade II listed - link.
Clyst St. George, St. George. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's collection. Link.
Cockington, St. George & St. Mary. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Cockwood, a chapel on Church Road, has links with Cofton (see below), and St. Mary in Dawlish. SX 975 806. Andrew Ross.
Cofton, St. Mary, on Church Road. SX 968 802. Andrew Ross.
Coldridge, St. Matthew. Previously in the Unknown section. Curiously, I had received scans of two different postcards of an interior (1, 2), from Judy Flynn and Brian Curtis, within days of each other. I suspected immediately that they were of the same church, but had no idea of where it might be. One postcard had the word "Coleridge" printed on it, and it seems that this was the old spelling for what is now Coldridge. Greg Mishevski and Simon Edwards obliged with the identification, and confirmation that they were indeed of the same church, and provided the following links - link1, link2, link3. There are some older references to the church dedication being St. Mary (Simon refers to a 1919 Bligh Bond book). The church is Grade I listed.
Collaton St. Mary, St. Mary. From an old postcard (franked 1905), Bulman Collection. Link.
Colyford, St. Michael. SY 251 925. Julie Baker.
Colyton, St. Andrew. From an old postcard (franked 1904), Bulman Collection. A modern view. SY 246 940. Julie Baker. Link.
Combeinteignhead, All Saints. SX 902 715. Andrew Ross.
Cornwood, St. Michael & All Angels. SX 604 594. Peter Wood.
Crediton.
Croyde, St. Mary Magdalene, on St. Mary's Road. Chris Emms (2011). Link.
Culmstock, All Saints. Near the top of the tower can be seen a yew tree, known to be at least 200 years old. ST 103 135. Andrew Ross. Another view, two interiors - 1, 2, and the view through a squint. The list of vicars commences in "the late A. D. 1100's" with Roger. All Mike Berrell (2014). Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed. Methodist Church. ST 101 138. Andrew Ross. Another view. It was built as Wesleyan in 1888 (date-stone). Both Mike Berrell (2014).

Dalwood, St. Peter. ST 247 005. Julie Baker.
Dartington, St. Mary, built in 1880. SX 785 626. A ruined church, which was succeeded by St. Mary. SX 797 626. Link. Both Andrew Ross.
Dartmouth.
Dawlish.
Denbury, St. Mary the Virgin. From an old postcard, Geoff Watt's Collection. Link.
Devonport, St. Michael, on Albert Road, Stoke. This one has previously been in the "Unknown" section. A clearly labelled postcard, from Judy Flynn's Collection, but where exactly was this Stoke? Simon Davies, Greg Mishevski, and Janet Gimber all identified it as the one at Stoke in Devonport. They have all also advised that, according to their website, it has been demolished, and replaced by a smaller church. See also here, which says the demolition was to happen soon - the page is dated February 2007. Judy Flynn has further advised that according to one source, the church was indeed demolished in 2007, and housing erected on the site; the new church, which opened in 2009, was built nearby on the site of the vicarage. St. Andrew with St. Luke (but see the history page here) on Paradise Road. Paul E. Barnett (2014). Link.
Diptford, St. Mary. Another view. Interior view. All James Murray. Link.
Dunkeswell, Methodist Church. ST 141 079. Mike Berrell (2014). Link.
Dunkeswell Abbey, Holy Trinity. The church was built in 1842 on the site of the church of Dunkeswell Abbey. Another view, and two interior - 1, 2. ST 143 107. Mike Berrell (2014). Link. Grade II listed.
Dunstone, the Methodist Church, which dates from 1833. Another view. Both James Murray.
Dunterton, All Saints. Previously in the "Unknown" section, Gerry Porter wanted this church in south-west England identified. Taken in 1998, it has distinctive large pinnacles, and looked to me to be in the Cornish tradition. Janet Gimber identified it, and to salve my pride, explained that it was almost on the border with Cornwall! Gerry Porter.

East Ogwell, St. Bartholomew. Another view. Both Jill Bennett.
Eckworthy, former General Baptist Chapel. SS 408 177. Martin Richter (2011).
Eggesford Barton, All Saints. SS 686 111. This church is on Andrew's "must see" list, for anyone who is visiting Devon. Andrew Ross. Link.
Ermington, St. Peter & St. Paul. Peter Wood. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Exeter.
Exminster.
Exmouth.

Farway, St. Michael and All Angels. SY 172 964. Methodist Chapel. SY 186 953. Both Julie Baker.
Frithelstock, St. Mary and St. Gregory. Link. The ruins of Frithelstock Augustinian Priory stand adjacent. SS 463 195. Former General Baptist Chapel. Another view. SS 452 186. Former Bible Christian Chapel (1852, or possibly 1862). Another view. SS 453 187. All Martin Richter (2011).

Galmpton, Holy Trinity. Another view. Both James Murray.
George Nympton, St. George. Another view , and the porch. Grade II* listed - link. The former Providence Bible Christian Chapel. Another view. The date-stone isn't too clear, but probably shows a date of 1862. Old maps show a simple rectangular building - so the date-stone was probably over the original front door. At some point before 1973 it had become a Methodist Chapel, and it still shows as such on a 1974-6 map. Closure date not certain. The chapel is in the churchyard, so both share the same grid reference - SS 700 230. All Martin Richter (2011).
Georgeham, St. George. SS 463 397. Chris Emms (2011). Link.
Great Torrington, St. Michael & All Angels. Graeme Harvey (2011). Link.

Haccombe, St. Blaise. Interior view. Both John Hawkins. Link.
Harpford, St. Gregory the Great. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.
Hartland, Methodist Church. Graeme Harvey (2011).
Hawkchurch, St. John the Baptist. The tower. ST 343 004. Both Julie Baker.
Hemyock, St. Mary on Culmstock Road. Two interior views - 1, 2 and the squint. The list of rectors commences in 1267. Another framed list has Parish Clerks, and Sextons, or "Dogwhippers" as they were apparently known. ST 136 133. All Mike Berrell (2014). Link. Grade II* listed. Baptist Church (1865) on Fore Street. ST 137 133. Mike Berrell (2014). Link. The former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel (1838) is now in secular use. ST 136 132. Mike Berrell (2014). Grade II listed.
Holbeton, All Saints. SX 613 501. Dave Westrap. Link1. Link2.
Holcombe, the difficult to photograph St. George, on Holcombe Rd. SX 952 749. Andrew Ross.
Holne, St. Mary the Virgin. Another view. Both James Murray. Link.
Holsworthy, St. Peter and St. Paul, showing lightning damage (probably from the strike in 1914 - which is mentioned in the link). From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Methodist Church. Graeme Harvey (2011).

Honiton.
Hope Cove, St. Clement. James Murray.
Horrabridge, St. John the Baptist. From an old postcard in
Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Huccaby (near Hexworthy), St. Raphael. Interior view. Originally built as a church and school, some of the old school desks are still in use as pews. According to this link, the dedication is unique in Britain. Both James Murray.
Huish, St. James. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.

Ide, St. Ida. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.
Ilfracombe, St. Philip and St. James. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Ipplepen, St. Andrew. Interior view. Both John Hawkins. Link.

Kenton, All Saints. SX 958 833. Andrew Ross.
Kingsbridge, St. Edmund King and Martyr. Interior view. The Lady Chapel. All James Murray. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link. Sacred Heart of Our Lady of Compassion (R.C.). Interior view. Side altar. All James Murray. Evangelical Church. James Murray. Link.

Langtree, All Saints. SS 451 155. Zion Bible Christian Chapel (1904). SS 450 156. Both Martin Richter (2011).
Lee Abbey, Retreat Centre. Part of the building was converted into a chapel in 1951. Link. Part of a nearby limekiln was converted into the Beach Chapel in 1984. Link (interior view). History of both can be found here and on succeeding pages. Both Martin Richter (2011).
Lewtrenchard, St. Peter. Previously in the "Unknown" section. Carol believed this 2002 photo to be a St. Peter in SW England. It has an eagle lectern, and a carved wooden pulpit, with paintings of Saints. Thanks to Phil Draper for the ID.
Lifton, St. Mary the Virgin. Another view. Both from old postcards in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Littleham, St. Margaret and St. Andrew. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Lundy Island, St. Helen. Dennis Harper (2011). Link.
Luppitt, St. Mary. From an old postcard in Andrew Ross's Collection. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Lustleigh, St. John the Baptist. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Lympstone, Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. SX 993 842. Methodist Church (built as Primitive Methodist). SX 989 840. Both Andrew Ross.
Lynmouth, St. John the Baptist. Interior view. SS 725 494. Both Martin Richter (2011).
Lynton, St. Mary the Virgin. SS 721 494. Two further views - 1, 2. Link. Church of the Most Holy Saviour (R.C.), and the adjoined Convent of Poor Clares. SS 716 494. Link. Former Methodist Church, now an antiques centre. The Methodists now share the U.R.C. SS 718 495. U.R.C. SS 718 494. Link. All Martin Richter (2011).

Malborough, All Saints. Another view. Interior view. Baptist Church. All James Murray.
Marwood, St. Michael and All Angels. The tower, and an interior view. All Lesley Baxendale. Link. Grade I listed- link.
Meavy, St. Peter. Interior view. Both James Murray.
Meethe, the former Methodist Church (or site of). Whether the present building retains anything of the old church is unclear, but it shows as a church on a map from 1973. SS 675 228. Martin Richter (2011).
Milber, St. Luke. Interior view. Both John Hawkins. Link.
Modbury, St. George. SX 656 516. Peter Wood. Another view. Interior view. Both James Murray. An old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Motcombe, St. Mary. Interior view. Both Simon Edwards.
Monkton, St. Mary Magdalene.
Bill Henderson.
Moretonhampstead, St. Andrew. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Mortehoe, St. Mary. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Musbury, St. Michael. Drake monument. SY 275 945. Both Julie Baker. Link.

Newton Abbott.
Newton Ferrers, Holy Cross. SX 550 481. Dave Westrap. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, and the Chapel of the Beatitudes (or Lady Chapel), all James Murray (2010), who advises that the cross came from Oberammergau, though the circumstances are apparently unknown. Link1. Link2.
Newton Poppleford, St. Luke. Andrew Johnston.
Newton St. Cyres, St. Cyres & St. Julitta. From an old postcard (franked 1905), Bulman Collection.
North Molton, All Saints. The gate. Both Both Martin Richter (2011). Link which shows an old illustration - note the changes to the tower.
Northam, St. Margaret. Link. Former chapel. Janet Gimber advises that this was Congregational. Both Graeme Harvey (2011).
Northleigh, St. Giles. SY 195 958. Julie Baker.
Northlew, St. Thomas Becket. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Noss Mayo, St. Peter (aka Revelstoke church, after Lord Revelstoke, who built the present church). SX 550 477. Dave Westrap. Two further views - 1, 2. In the latter photo can also be seen the church at Newton Ferrers. See also Stoke Beach (below). Both James Murray (2010). Link1. Link2. Link3.

Oakford, St. Peter. SS 910 212. Chris Emms (2011). Link.
Okehampton.
Otterton, St. Michael. Another view. Both Graeme Harvey.
Ottery St. Mary.

Paignton.
Parracombe, St. Petrock (no longer in use; now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, and kept unlocked). SS 675 449. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, and the sun-dial, both Martin Richter (2011). Interior view, Lesley Baxendale. Link1. Link2. Christ Church. Another view. SS 669 449. Both Martin Richter (2011). Interior view, Lesley Baxendale. Wesleyan Chapel (1839). SS 667 448. Martin Richter (2011).
Plymouth.
Plympton, St. Maurice. From an old postcards, Geoff Watt's Collection. Link. St. Mary. From an old postcard (franked 1905), Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. James Murray. Link.
Plymstock, St. Mary & All Saints. SX 517 530. Peter Wood. Link.
Poundsgate, Methodist Church. James Murray.
Powderham, St. Clement Bishop and Martyr. Andrew Ross.
Prescott, Baptist Church. ST 091 143. Andrew Ross.
Princetown, St. Michael and All Angels (closed). The One at the Back Methodist Anglican Ecumenical Partnership (United Church). Both Alan Blacklock. Another view of the United Church. James Murray (2010).

Ringmore, St. Nicholas. SX 924 722. Andrew Ross.

St. Anne's Chapel, the Old Chapel, now a private residence. James Murray.
Salcombe, Holy Trinity. James Murray.
Salcombe Regis, St. Mary and St. Peter. Christopher Skottowe (1967).
Satterleigh, St. Peter, is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. Another view, interior view. The Lord's Prayer is painted on the chancel arch. All Martin Richter (2011). Link.
Shaldon.
Sheepstor, St. Leonard. The leftmost tomb within the railings contains James Brooke, the "White Rajah of Sarawak". More about him, and the church, on the link. James Murray.
Sheldon, St. James the Greater on Shoots Lane. Two interiors - 1, 2. ST 120 086. All Mike Berrell (2014). Link. Grade II listed.
Shobrooke, St. Swithin. From an old postcard (franked 1905), Bulman Collection.
Shute, St. Michael. Another view. SY 252 974. Both Julie Baker. Link.

Sidmouth.
Smallridge, All Saints. The porch, and a close-up of the clock. ST 305 011. All Howard Richter (2011). The East window, Martin Richter (2014). The former Methodist Chapel. The sign on the building says "Smallridge Methodist Church, 1813 till 2002. Built 1796". ST 302 009. Howard Richter (2011).
Smeatharpe, Newhouse Baptist Church. The building dates from 1859, though the congregation was founded in 1652. ST 197 099. Sheila Tucker. Link.
South Milton, All Saints. Interior view. Former Wesleyan Chapel, now a private residence. All James Murray.
South Molton.
Southleigh, St. Lawrence. Another view. SY 204 934. Both Julie Baker.
Starcross, St. Paul. SX 976 815. Andrew Ross.
Stibb Cross, Bible Christian Chapel (1896). Another view, SS 427 149. Both Martin Richter (2011).
Stoke, St. Nectan. Previously in the "Unknown" section, thanks to Janet Gimber for identifying this church. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, interior view, and the colourful ceiling, all Graeme Harvey (2011). Link1. Link2.
Stoke Beach, St. Peter the Poor Fisherman. Now partly ruinous, this was the original church for Revelstoke Parish. It fell into disuse when the church at Noss Mayo was built in the 19th century. Now cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust. Another view. Both Jennifer Murray (2010). Link.
Stoke Canon, the font. Christopher Skottowe (1967). Link.

Taddiport, Chapel of St. Mary Magdalen. Graeme Harvey (2011). Link.
Tavistock, St. Eustchius. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Teignmouth.
Thornehillhead, Thornhillhead Methodist Church. Note that the place-name spelling is as the OS map, and the church spelling as the church notice board. SS 413 165. Martin Richter (2011).
Throwleigh, St. Mary the Virgin. SO 757 219. Peter Wood.
Thurlestone, All Saints. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view, interior view (the main aisle), and the side aisle. All James Murray.
Tiverton, St. Peter. The elaborately ornamented Greenway's Chapel, and two interior views - 1, 2 - a unicorn and lion adorn the mayor's seat. All Chris Emms (2011). An old postcard view of Greenway's Chapel, from Andrew Ross's Collection. This seems to be the same photograph as is shown here, in which case the view is from 1890. St. George. Chris Emms (2011). Link. Tiverton Methodist Church on St. Peter's Street. Chris Emms (2011).
Topsham.
Totnes.
Torquay.

Upottery, St. Mary the Virgin. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.

Weare Giffard, Holy Trinity. Previously (and for a long time) in the "Unknown" section. Roger Hopkins found a box of Victorian negatives, and the only clue to the whereabouts of the photos was one negative labelled "Moortown Church". Despite his searches through the numerous Moortown's in Britain and Ireland, he'd been unable to identify the church, and despite much effort by other keen church detectives, its identity remained undiscovered for a long time. My appreciation to Greg Mishevski, who finally solved the mystery. Link.
West Anstey, St. Petroc. Another view, and an interior view. SS 852 274. All Martin Richter (2011). Link.
Westleigh, St. Peter. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Whimple, St. Mary. SY 044 972. Andrew Ross.
Widecombe-in-the-Moor, St. Pancras. Another view. Interior view. Side-altar. All James Murray.
And an old postcard view, from Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Withycombe Raleigh, St. John the Evangelist. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection.
Wolborough, St. Mary. SX 857 702. Andrew Ross. Interior view. John Hawkins. Newton Abbot Cemetery Chapel, off Old Totnes Rd. SX 852 701. Andrew Ross.
Woolfardisworthy (aka Woolsery), All Hallows. Another view, showing the porch, and the tower, interior view, and the font. SS 332 211. All Martin Richter (2011). Link.

Yealmpton, St. Bartholomew. SX 577 517. Link1. Link2. Community Methodist Church. SX 580 514. Link1. Link2. Both Dave Westrap.
Yelverton, St. Paul. SX 520 677. James Murray. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, and the font, all Steve Bulman (2010). Holy Cross (R.C.). SX 524 680. James Murray. Rock Methodist Church. SX 520 679. James Murray. Another view. Steve Bulman (2010).

 

 
 

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