Posts Tagged ‘Dartmouth’

The Nave from the west door

The church of St Saviour’s in Dartmouth dates back to the 14th century and contains many beautiful artefacts from its ancient history.

The font

The pulpit

Screen. 15th century, restored in the 16th century

Detail from the screen, 15th-century images of saints

Lady Chapel

Gallery, made from wood taken from Spanish ships captured from the Armada (1588).

Coat of Charles II, added to gallery in commemoration of the restoration of the monarchy (1660)

Thought to be an original medieval church door. It displays the lions of the royal house of Plantagenet which reigned from 1154 -1485. It is dated 1631, but this is generally thought to be a date of restoration.

 

 

The original parish church of the port of Dartmouth in Devon was St Clements situated on the hill above the Estuary. When King Edward I visited the town in 1286 to review the fleet, he granted permission for the residents of the port area and the lower town to build their own church. However, the Bishop of Exeter and the Abbot of Torre, who between them controlled appointments to St Clement’s objected that they had not been consulted in the decision and the church was not consecrated until 1372. It was originally dedicated to ‘The Holy Trinity’ but for reasons not known by 1430 had become known as St Saviour’s.

 

One interesting person buried in the Church is John Hawley (1340 or 1350 -1408). Hawley was 14 times mayor of Dartmouth and 4 times a member of parliament. He was also a wealthy ship owner and privateer (state-licensed pirate) operating in the English Channel. He also was briefly the Deputy Admiral of the English Fleet.

 

Japanese Garden, Dartmouth

Dartmouth, situated at the mouth of the river Dart in Devon is a town which has long-standing naval links. It was recorded in 1147 and 1190 as a departure port for the crusades and was twice raided and sacked during the Hundred Years War. This led to the practice of closing the estuary each night by stretching a chain across from Dartmouth to Kingswear on the other side.

Dartmouth Railway Station. Built in preparation for a railway connection to the South Devon line. Unfortunately, the Railway never reached the Town.

Naval references are found everywhere in the town.

Lots of little lanes ascend the hillside.

The town has many buildings dating back to the Middle Ages and Tudor periods.

The cherub public house, probably the oldest building in Dartmouth. Dating back to c 1380 it was originally the house of a townsman or merchant.

Inside The Cherub

It is home to the Royal Brittania Naval College, founded in 1863 and housed in an impressive hillside building overlooking the town, completed in 1905.

Britannia Royal Naval Academy

UK Border force patrol boat docked at Dartmouth

UK Border force patrol boat docked at Dartmouth

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, which is used for river trips in the summer from Dartmouth all the way to Totnes

The paddle steamer Kingswear Castle, which is used for river trips in the summer from Dartmouth all the way to Totnes

HMS Hindustan permanently based at Dartmouth as part of the Naval Academy

HMS Hindustan permanently based at Dartmouth as part of the Naval Academy

Travelling up river

Travelling up river

Dittisham Village

Dittisham Village

Greenway - The home of Agatha Christie

Greenway – The home of Agatha Christie

Whilst Keith and I were in devon we took a cruise around the mouth of the River Dart aboard the Dittisham Princess

The Dittisham Princess

The Dittisham Princess

The passenger ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The passenger ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

Dartmouth Royal Naval College

Dartmouth Royal Naval College

The Car ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The Car ferry between Dartmouth and Kingswear

The mouth of the harbour with the sea beyond

The mouth of the harbour with the sea beyond

Dartmouth Castle - originally built to protect the entrance to the harbour

Dartmouth Castle – originally built to protect the entrance to the harbour

Kingswear Castle - built to match Dartmouth castle on the opposite side of the harbour enterance

Kingswear Castle – built to match Dartmouth castle on the opposite side of the harbour enterance