St Peter ad Vincular Combe Martin, Devon - 11th July 2003

Combe Martin is the village where Alan was brought up, until he was about 13 when his family moved to Barnstaple.

The church of St. Peter ad Vincular is approximately a mile inland, with a small stream adjacent to the churchyard wall. The southern door of this red sandstone building has a Sanctuary Ring. The Sanctuary Ring saved criminals who were able to clutch it from arrest and imprisonment - as long as they confessed their crimes and left the country. This practice was abolished by the establishment in the 17th century.

This church appears in my antique postcard album - outside - inside.  It appears the clock has moved up the tower since those pictures were taken!

St Peter ad Vincular, Combe Martin, Devon - MTC

Alan showed me this strange monument on the south wall. Apparently the story about what happened involves a visit to the pub before the last two lines were carved.  Sounds plausible?!

Monument, Coombe Martin, July 11th 2003 - MTC

This sundial is above the south door.

Sundial - Coombe Martin Church - 11th July 2003 - MTC

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