HAVE you ever seen a beautifully carved wooden screen in a Devon church and wondered who carved it and where the inspiration came from?
Several local churches in Modbury, Kingsbridge, Ugborough and Holbeton all have examples and a forthcoming talk at the Devon Rural Archive (DRA) will show they are likely to have been created by continental craftsmen, possibly Bretons, who settled in south west England in the early 16th century.
Breton craftsmen in early Tudor Devon is to be given by archaeologist John Allan at the DRA on Thursday, April 3 at 7pm. In it John will review documentary evidence that shows there were large groups of immigrants living in SW England at the time and that among their numbers were highly skilled craftsmen.
John Allan is President of the Devon Archaeological Society and Archaeologist for Exeter Cathedral and Archaeological Adviser for Glastonbury Abbey.
For 20 years (1984-2004) he was Curator of Antiquities at Exeter Museum. He has published one book and about 50 papers on the archaeology and architecture of SW England, mainly focussing on the medieval period and later.
Tickets are £5 each and booking is advisable. Refreshments will be available from 6.30pm and are included in ticket price. To book please call Abi Gray on 01548 830832 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information visit www.devonruralarchive.com