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Historian to reveal hidden artwork of churches

By Western Morning News  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

A late medieval bench-end at East Budleigh's All Saints church

A late medieval bench-end at East Budleigh's All Saints church

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Hidden secrets behind artwork adorning some of Devon's most interesting Anglican churches will be revealed at a lecture.

Churches at Braunton, East Budleigh and Sandford are just some of the buildings with beautifully carved medieval bench-ends while others contain Georgian pulpits, Norman fonts and medieval glass.

The talk, Devon's Most Remarkable Churches, by historian Dr Todd Gray, will be held at the Devon Rural Archive on December 6.

Abi Gray (no relation to the academic), consultant archaeologist at the Devon Rural Archive, said: "Todd has travelled more than 8,000 miles through the lanes of Devon to explore and select the most outstanding churches in the county.

"His comprehensive research and his in-depth knowledge of Devon's history will make this an intriguing lecture for anyone with an interest in art, history or religious artefacts."

Born in New England, Dr Todd Gray gained his doctorate in history from the University of Exeter, where he is an honorary research fellow and lives in Devon.

The talk will take place in the lecture room at the Devon Rural Archive at Shilstone, near Modbury at 7pm.

Tickets are £5 and include refreshments (available from 6.30pm). To book ring 01548 830832 or email abi@dra.uk.net

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