Part of The Haldon Team Ministry, Diocese of Exeter
St Nectan’s Church in Ashcombe provides a monthly service for all residents and visitors as well as a wonderful location for private services. The building is Grade I listed and is maintained by the Church of England and local volunteers with money raised from charitable sources.
Founded in 12th Century, most of the building's fabric dates from around the 13th Century and was dedicated by Bishop Bronescombe in 1259. The interior was remodelled in 1885. The church is in a Cruciform plan with Lancet windows (recently restored). The interior is generally Gothic but there are several 16th and 17th Century features inside along with the stained glass windows. The Church is Grade I listed and was recorded in the Doomsday Book.
The Norman tower houses three bells (one c.1450 and two later bells of 1607 and 1686) supported by the oldest original medieval bell frame in Devon. This is one of the oldest churches in Devon, still in regular use. The bells are only rung on very special occasions as the frame is in a delicate state. Access to the bells is up a very tight and winding staircase, not suitable for a claustrophobe.
St Nectanus Church was named after the Devon Saint St Nectan. St Nectan was holy man who came to Devon from Wales and lived a hermit’s life in the Hartland Forest. The legend is that In 510AD St Nectan chased after thieves who had stolen his cattle but unfortunately they cut off his head in the argument. He then picked up his own head and walked home to collapse and die (which was quite an impressive feat). It is said that wherever his blood fell, foxgloves grew. 17th June is the Feast Day of St Nectan.
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St Nectan's Church
Devon EX7 0QD
Tel: 01626 864036