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Title:Examples of Renaissance Church Wood Work in Devon
Originator:Prideaux, E. K.
Summary:The actual date of the carvings of the altar rails in the parish church is not known. The entry in the Churchwardens' account for the year 1640 suggests that it was a second-hand purchase from an Exeter church. The carvings are thought to be Elizabethan. Before the restoration of 1847 the railings started from the high tomb of Sir Thomas Prideaux and thence ran completely round the altar. The portions of the railings left unused in the alterations were transferred to the face of the then existing gallery, which dated back to 1641. When the gallery was taken down in 1893, the superfluous railings were transferred to the body of the church, to the eastern end of the wide aisle in the north.

Associated Monuments (2)

MDV10495ALTAR RAIL in the Parish of Woodbury (Monument)
MDV806St. Mary the Virgin, Pilton (Building)