Book recommendation for pilgrims

'The Pilgrim's guide to Devon's churches: The location, history, architecture and stories of Devon's 618 Church of England churches'

As I was recently perusing a very densely-packed bookcase in our Exeter office, one of our old publications caught my eye. Published in 2008, I admit that it’s somewhat unusual endorsing this book 14 years on. But with the recent birth of Devon Pilgrim, I think it’s high time this brilliant little book gets its second wind.

With contributions gathered from around 500 people from all over Devon, this unique book is a cameo of two thousand years of Christianity in Devon and how the Church of England, in particular, has evolved. Exeter Cathedral and every Church of England church is included – from the oldest to the newest – with a photograph and enticing text inviting you to visit.

The book is packed with fascinating information, including the origins and meanings of church features and furnishings like rood screens and pulpits. Many of the churches are open during the day-time, so people can come in and see a wealth of architectural features, find out more about local history, or maybe sit and reflect a while.

With simple maps and a comprehensive index including Ordnance Survey map references, this is a book for your glove-box or back pack, whether you live in Devon or are one of our many welcome visitors.

If you are interested in walking along any of our pilgrimage routes, such as The Archangel’s Way or St Boniface Way, or if your journey takes you to other parts of our beautiful county, this compact book is the perfect travel companion. While brand-new copies are hard to come by 14 years on, you can purchase a second-hand copy at a handful of online retailers:

Abe Books

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