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Holy Trinity

Mighty medieval church deep in the countryside.

Torbryan, Devon

Opening times

Open daily.


Torbryan Hill
TQ12 5UR

The approach to this church, through typical narrow Devon lanes to an isolated and wooded valley, does not prepare you for a building of such size and grandeur.

The church is a perfect example of the Gothic Perpendicular style and was unusually constructed in one 20 year building campaign between 1450 and 1470. The superb, soaring tower rises in three stages, and has an octagonal stair turret which forms a dramatic architectural feature.

As you enter look up at the exquisite and rare fan vaulted ceiling with four small angels supporting the central ribs of each fan. Inside there is a beautifully carved altar screen that spans the width of the church, dividing the interior with its graceful arches.

Below the screen are painted panels of 40 saints, they were once whitewashed, perhaps to save them from the puritanical zeal of the Reformation. The delicacy of the wood carving is echoed by the elegant tracery of the windows, many of which contain medieval stained glass.

Parts of the original rood screen were reused, probably in the early 19th century, to form the pulpit, while at the same time the original pulpit was reconstructed as the altar. The 15th century oak benches survive but were enclosed in the 18th century to form box pews.

This church is cared for by the Churches Conservation Trust

  • Captivating architecture

  • Fascinating churchyard

  • Glorious furnishings

  • Magnificent memorials

  • Social heritage stories

  • Spectacular stained glass

  • Accessible toilets nearby

  • Dog friendly

  • Level access to the main areas

  • On street parking at church

  • Parking within 250m

  • Space to secure your bike

  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

  • Churches Conservation Trust

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