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“Beautiful” 5 of 5 stars
Review of St. Saviour's Church

St. Saviour's Church
Dartmouth, England
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Ranked #15 of 36 things to do in Dartmouth
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2013

A most beautiful and peaceful building which was a joy to visit on the trip to Dartmouth. Met some friendly people here too.

Visited May 2013
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Ventnor, United Kingdom
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“A beautiful medieval church”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2013

The first thing you notice is the amazing fourteenth century door propped up just inside the south entrance, which still works when replaced on its hinges at closing time. The design, both primitive and dramatic in style, is of two leopards of the Plantagenets attached to a tree of life.

Another interesting and attractive feature of this church is the gallery, whose front is decorated with coats of arms, among them that of King Charles 1 who visited Dartmouth many times in his yacht. The main woodwork to the front of the gallery came from a Spanish ship from the Armada, captured off this coast. You can go upstairs to see a huge oil painting and the two brightly coloured rose windows in their original stone frames.

I loved the fourteenth century painted wooden Rood Screen with its very fine fan vaulting and carvings of saints. In the chancel, near the altar, there are two huge brasses of John Hawley, armour-clad, with his two wives. He was a buccaneer and many times mayor of Dartmouth.They must have been covered over by a carpet on Easter Sunday, when I visited, so I had to be content with seeing a print of a brass rubbing instead.

It was a surprise to learn that the carved and attractively painted pulpit.is not made of wood, as it appears to be, but of stone.It later fell victim to Protestant zeal when some carvings of saints were replaced by symbols of the union of England, Scotland and Ireland.

There are many fascinating and beautiful things to see in this church and I highly recommend a visit. I was glad of a rest and shelter from the cold. Allow up to an hour to absorb the atmosphere and examine the detail.

Visited March 2013
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“Deep and long history”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2013

The welcome! The past is there to see and give a location in time and space. The sense of timelessness is profound.

Visited January 2013
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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“Well preserved and attractive”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

No inclination towards christianity but thought this church was lovely - well looked after, scenic with a nice vibe in the sunny churchyard.

Visited August 2012
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“Candlelit Midnight mass service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2012

Visiting Dartmouth for the Christmas holidays and went to the candlelit midnight mass service on Christmas eve which was absolutely lovely.

Visited December 2012
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