St Mary the Virgin, Hennock

Parish Church

There has probably been a Church on this site for over a thousand years. The old name of the village was Hainoc. It is mentioned in the Domesday Book.

The first Saxon Church was most likely of oak timber. The present font, which is of late Norman work about 1170, no doubt belonged to this earlier Church.
The tower may be dated about 1250, and the rest of the Church, including the screens and ceilure (decorated ceiling over the rood screen) about 1450.

The following features are noteworthy:

GRANITE PIERS are monoliths.

ROOD SCREEN was partially restored by Herbert Read Ltd. of Exeter in 1956. The rood (crucifix) and figures of our Lady and St. John were restored to the screen at this time. The paintings on the panels of the screen are original and were restored by Miss Anna Hulbert 1977-83 with the help of grants from the Council of Care for Churches.

CEILURE is one of the finest in .the country. It was completely dismantled and restored by Herbert Read & Co. in 1975.

The stained glass window in the north aisle depicting angels is fifteenth century. The stained glass window in the south aisle chapel is nineteenth century.

A coloured plaque on the west wall commemorates the silver jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

There are four BELLS, which need re-hanging:

1. An alphabet bell from A to K.
2.The second bell was re-cast and re-hung in 1904 as a memorial to the coronation of King Edward VII.
3.The third bell is fifteenth century with a prayer inscribed PROTEGE VIRGO PIA QUOS SANCTA MARIA (Protect, holy Virgin Mary, those whom I call together).
4.The tenor bell, which weighs nearly ten cwt., was recast in 1637.

ORGAN: This is an Apollo Reed Organ made by Rushworth and Dreaper. It was placed in the Church in 1954.
SCREEN PAINTINGS: The figures on the panels starting from the north side are probably as follows:

North Aisle North (1) St. John the Evangelist (book and chalice)
(2) St. Peter (keys)
(3) St. James the Less (club)
(4) St. Paul (sword)
Door (5) St. Andrew (X shaped cross)
(6) St. Thomas (spear)
(7) St. Simon (saw)
(8) St. Bartholomew (flaying knife)
North Aisle South (9) St. Matthew (sabre)
(10) St. James the Great (pilgrim's staff wallet and shell)
(11) St. Philip (loaves)
(12) St. Jude (archiespicopal cross, but no mitre)
Chancel North Side (13) St. Urith (scythe)
(14) St. Sidwell (scythe and head in arm)
(15) St. George (armour)
(16) St. Edward the Confessor
(17) St. Catherine of Alexandria (sword)
(18) St. Dorothy (roses)
(19) St. Erasmus (entrails on a windlass)
(20) St. Thomas of Canterbury
Doors (21) St. John Schorne (boot)
(22) St. Gertrude (mice)
(23) St. Helen (cross)
(24) St. Apollonia (pincers and tooth)

Chancel South Side (25) St. Laurence (gridiron)
(26) St. Roche (plague spot)
(27) St. Mary Magdalene (box of ointment)
(28) A Virgin Saint (book and palm)
(29) St. Stephen (stones)
(30) St. Zita (rosary)
(31) St. Peter Martyr (knife in head)
(32) St. Margaret of Antioch (dragon)
South Aisle North (33) Our Blessed Lord
(34) Sc. Gabriel
(35) A Lily (emblem of our Lady)
(36) Our Lady
Door (37) The Holy Family (38) A King
(39) A King
(40) A King
South Aisle South (41) On the last four panels the
(42) (43) (44) figures are unfinished. They wear fifteenth

century costumes and may have been intended to repressed local worthies.