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Medieval fun in Combe Martin

10:00 30 September 2012

The Devon Medieval Combat Alliance will be putting on a live show in Combe Martin on Saturday as part of heritage events celebrating ther restoration of the medieval church roodscreen.

The Devon Medieval Combat Alliance will be putting on a live show in Combe Martin on Saturday as part of heritage events celebrating ther restoration of the medieval church roodscreen.


Weekend of events to celebrate church roodscreen restoration includes mock battles, living history re-enactments and tours.

THE clashing of swords and the sounds of battle will drift across Combe Martin this Saturday as the parish church celebrates its medieval heritage.

Following a four year conservation project of its medieval roodscreen at a cost of £93,000, the church of St Peter Ad Vincula is holding two days of heritage celebration events this Saturday and Sunday.

One of the highlights will be the live action mêlée of the Devon Medieval Combat Alliance, who will do ‘Battle Afoot’ at 2pm on the Bowling Green.

From 10am-5pm people can meet the artisans of Past Present Live Interpretation, with a shoemaker, seamstress, weaver, clothier, spinner, scrivener, cook, fletcher and painter showing just what life was like when the roodscreen was built.

The rare 500-year-old screen and its 23 paintings of the saints has been lovingly restored following grant funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Sainsbury Headley Trust and Devon Historic Churches Trust.

Other events on the Saturday include birds of prey from North Devon Falconry on Adam’s Hay and a chance to meet the ‘Reverend Jack Longfield’ - alias Rev Christopher Tull - and buy his books on life as a parish priest in rural Devon in the past 50 years.

On Sunday between 2-4pm there will be guided tours of the church and roodscreen, plus the opportunity to climb the tower and search out the medieval view of Combe Martin.

On Saturday, October 20 there will be a rededication service of the roodscreen conducted by Reverend Christopher Hewetson plus a free concert of medieval music by the Daughters of Elvin.


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