By Hyperion

Steeped in History

On route to the open moor today,  I walked past the small moorland church at Sourton in West Devon. The chuch has a long and interesting history. It is a 14th Century church founded on an earlier settlement - going back before 970 when Aelfgyth was Chaplain and it was likely that there was a simple church building on the site.
It was dedicated in honour of St Thomas à Becket in the 14th Century by descendents of two knights who had taken part in the murder of Thomas, Archbishop of Canterbury, in Canterbury Cathedral in 1170 - Fitz Urse and William de Tracey, who were both Devon men. Although it has undergone many changes, it is a fine moorland church and I always find it a very atmospheric place.

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