exciting sight for miles around. A small church (40 by 14 ft) with W tower
on a steep cliff of volcanic stone, standing all alone with its W front
not 3 ft from the precipice. The site must have been of importance long
before, for the walls of an earthwork surround the rock. The tower, 32 ft
high, is embattled and unbuttressed. The body of the church has
battlements on a corbel-table. Windows deeply splayed inside but only
slightly outside, i.e. C13 at the latest, although some of the fabric may
be C12. The earliest record of the church is before 1150. It belonged to
Tavistock Abbey, which in 1232 established an annual fair here. There was
a consecration by Bishop Stapledon in 1319. Restored in 1889-90 at the
expense of the Duke of Bedford.
is the highest parish church in England (340 metres above sea level) and
the fourth smallest. On a clear day one can reportedly see Dartmoor,
Bodmin Moor, Exmoor, Plymouth Sound and the Brecon Beacons.