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Halberton, Devon
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HALBERTON's cream-walled cottages line the busy road, but the medieval church has a quiet retreat among the trees, with queer gargoyles looking down from its walls. Inside are the screen and the pulpit made for the church when it was new 500 years ago, and the scalloped Norman font, which was already old then. It is a fine screen, fan-vaulted and with bosses of tiny heads and animals, birds and flowers (though how much finer it would be without the brass inscription added along the top). There is more 15th century work in the two chapel screens. The pulpit is not elegant, but its hotch-potch of carving is remarkable, the oddest array of canopies and flowers. Another odd array is the rugged red stone arcading with both wide and narrow arches, some of the capitals high and some low.

On the church's peace memorial, with its oak figure of St George, we found the name of a woman among 26 soldiers. She was Winifred English, who died on duty at the Exeter Red Cross Hospital in 1915.

In the house called the Priory is a ceiling which takes us back through the centuries to the days when a college founded in Norman England stood here. Its beams are carved with trailing leaves.

The King's England, Devon (1938) by Arthur Mee. Original transcription by CuriousFox, edited for watermarking purposes.

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