Tour of St Mary's Parish Church
Enter the Church by the
North Porch and turn left towards the Altar. On
the wall is a wooden Roll of Honour commemorating
those killed in action during the First World
War. It has a rather moving painting of a fallen
soldier being looked down on by the Crucified
Next is a window with the
only Old Testament scene in the Church: the
presentation of the child Samuel to Eli in the
Temple, It was given by the children who had been
Baptised in this Church. The text held by the
right hand Angel is from Psalm 127.
Window No.2 is four Gospel
scenes. The Adoration of the Magi (Matthew 2,
11). The Finding in the Temple (Luke 2, 46). Note
the figures of Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary
in the doorway. The Baptism of Our Lord (John 1,
29ff) and His Agony in the Garden (Luke 22, 41).
Erected in memory of Thomas and Elizabeth Hamlyn.
Window No.3 is of the Garden
of Gethsemane. The bright figures of Christ and
the Angel contrast with the background gloom of
the Holy City, out of which are coming Judas and
the High Priests' men to arrest Him. In the
Garden grows an appletree, an allusion to the
Fall. Erected to commemorate William and
You will now see the Pulpit
just to your right. Note the coil of carved rope
that it rests on! It is made of freestone and
marble, and on the panels are shields bearing the
initials of the donor and others of his family.
Right next to the pulpit is the Chancel Screen.
Dated 1912 and made at P K Harris & Sons
Shipyard (now known as Appledore Shipyard) it was
given in memory of John Lang, Churchwarden from
1886-1889, and P K Harris's father-in-law.
Next there is the organ: a
two manual instrument with tracker action.
The East Window: its central
light shows the Crucifixion and below the Last
Supper. On either side are depicted the Nativity
and the Ascension within the small lights above,
the four Evangelists. It bears the inscription
"This window and chancel decorations were
given to this Church by Chas Bligh".
Beneath is the old Reredos,
behind the Altar, in the style of the Pulpit but
now partially hidden by a more modern wooden
Reredos, which, together with the Communion Rails
of contemporary design, were erected in memory of
the Reverend Hugh Muller, Vicar of this parish
until February 1953, and a much loved character!
The St Anne's Chapel is
behind the choir stalls and was dedicated by the
Bishop of Exeter on the 150th anniversary of the
Church in 1988. The Mothers' Union donated the
carpet and the chairs were given in memory of
loved ones by the congregation. On the south wall
is the Aumbrey, where the Blessed Sacrament is
reserved to communicate the sick. It was given in
memory of Kitty Slade by her family.
Facing East, whilst in St
Anne's Chapel, you will see the Lundy Window. It
was designed by the Bideford artist, James
Paterson, and portrays St Helena the Patron Saint
of Lundy, carrying a boat, and St Michael with an
aeroplane. There is also a map of Lundy with
white horses as well as many seabirds including,
of course, a Puffin! It was given in memory of
Arthur Manley Tucker and his son, George. The
father was buried off Lundy and his son was
killed in action in the RAF during WW2.
The South facing window in
the Chapel is in memory of War dead, especially
of Lord Glanely, a great benefactor to the
Church. Designed by Francis Spear, it shows the
Stilling of the Storm and the Patron Saints of
Sailors, Soldiers and Airmen - St Nicholas, St
George and St Michael. In the spandrel is a
Pelican, the symbol of Christ's sacrifice. On
either side of the window hang the Colours of HMS
Appledore which were presented to the Church on
All Saints Day in 1947 to remain in the building
"for perpetual remembrance sake and for the
ennoblement and prosperity of our Country".
The next window represents
the Annunciation (Luke 1, 26ff) and was given in
memory of John and Mary Anne Thomas.
The First World War Window
was given by Lord Glanely in memory of those who
died in that War. It lists their names and shows
two Angels, one with a Chalice and the other
carrying a Martyr's Crown. Before them kneel or
stand figures representing those who died in the
Great War: a Soldier, a Sailor, a Nurse and a
Priest. In the background can be seen a rainbow,
a ruined building and a gothic spire.
The next window shows Mary
Magdalene in the Garden meeting the Risen Christ
(John 20, 16). Behind is the City of Jerusalem
and Calvary. It was given by Mrs Scholey and her
sister in memory of their parents.
You have now reached (or
should have!) the door to the South Porch and
Bell Tower. In the ringing chamber there is a
clock, to remind the ringers when the start of a
service approaches, and was given in memory of
Charlie Day, Churchwarden and Bellringer for many
years, by the bellringers. As previously
mentioned in this guide, there is a ring of eight
bells at St Mary's, and since being recast in
1962, have additional inscriptions including
"I call the Children", "I call the
Ladies", "I call the Men", and on
the 5th bell is "I ring that we all may be
one". It was suggested at the Rededication
of the bells that it should be called the Unity
Bell and should be tolled before each service to
remind us of its purpose. The tower also houses
the clock and has already been described.
Returning into the Church,
on your left is a lancet window illustrating the
text "Suffer Little Children", given in
memory of James and Ann Tatem.
Next is a modern mural
created by local artist, Reg Lloyd, entitled
"The Industrial Christ" representing
the dependence of the village of Appledore upon
the sea and given in memory of Catherine Augusta
Saunders, who died in 1960, by her husband,
Arthur C Saunders. It shows the figure of Christ
flanked by the old and the new. On His left are
three coastal craft and a selection of
traditional tools which would have been used in
their construction in shipyards such as Hinks of
Appledore. On His right is the modern,
represented by the RNLI, the fishing fleet, and
the Appledore Shipyard with a selection of modern
welding and cutting equipment.
The West Window, depicting
Faith, Hope and Charity, with a maritime
illustration from the Gospels: The Stilling of
the Storm (Mark 14, 29ff). It was given in memory
of Thomas and Louisa Tatem.
To the left of the Vestry
door is a list of all the Vicars who have served
in this Church. Three of them, the Reverends H
Muller, Roy Dixon and Donald Peyton-Jones, were
priest-in-charge of Lundy as well as Vicars of
The last window of the tour
is the lancet window just by the North Door and
illustrates the saying "I am the Good
Shepherd" (John 10, 11) with the Sea of
Galilee in the background, and was given in
memory of William and Charlotte Cock.
Our tour has brought us back
to the North Porch where we began. We hope that
you have enjoyed your visit and that you will
return to this Parish and the Church of St
Please remember in your
thoughts and prayers our Clergy and Lay team, all
those who worship here and all those who come
here to find rest and peace.