Tuesday, 14 April 2015

An Interesting Walk....

Our first weekend in Devon found us spending time with Anne's family...
One of the reasons for making our first camp in Devon was so that Anne could visit her Mother who is now getting on in years. 
The village of Petrockstowe where she lives is only about 16 miles or so from our campsite so we are well placed for a few visits whilst we our down here....

On Monday, Anne and I decided we would walk a short stretch of the Two Moors Way.... the route crosses the road about half a mile from where we are staying....

Drewsteignton Church and Pub
We followed the route for a few miles to the village of Drewsteignton..... The plan was to walk...lunch at the pub.....visit the church......walk back....
The weather was stunning and lunch at the the pub was terrific....in fact I even had an extra pint before we moved on to the church.......
Large wooden panel above the entrance in the church.
 Looking around the church was interesting......
Just inside the church entrance there was a large wooden painted board.....further investigation told us that the panel was first placed there in 1559 in the reign of Queen Elizabeth 1st.

Although Elizabeth was a protestant herself she tolerated the Catholics provided they didn't plot against her... She wished for a religious settlement....
She thought that it was important that everyone in England knew of this decision and to that end painted boards showing her Coat of Arms were placed in churches.......
The board in Drewsteignton church is one of the very few original panels to survive....

The settlement established the Church of England with the Monarch instead of the Pope at it's head and the bible once more read in English....

Exterior view of Drewsteignton church.
After our visit we walked back along the route we had come, although as it was mostly uphill on the return leg, we were walking a lot slower.........

1 comment:

J_on_tour said...

Fascinating story that you brought to life about the painted board. We take so much distant history like this for granted.