North Devon Coast

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Medieval Rood Screen

St. Nectan’s Church chancel screen is the earliest remaining in the country, possibly dating to C14.

St Nectan’s Chapel was one of many mediaeval chapels in Hartland’s sprawling parish. It is set in pristine countryside, with views down the combes to the Atlantic, and is entirely Cornish in aspect and feel. When the north and south transepts were added to the church in 1508, Welcombe was elevated to parish status. The early 14th-century square-headed screen is particularly interesting. It is by far the oldest screen still standing in Devon. The pulpit has been renovated and the lectern is Jacobean.” In 1883-84, the church was’restored,’ and a vestry was constructed in 1911. Six bells are housed in the tower, four of which were cast in 1731.