Abbotsham, St Helen's Church 1890

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Caption for Abbotsham, Church Of St Helen, South Side 1890: According to an inscription on one of the octagonal piers, the north aisle was built in 1593, although a church must have existed here much earlier as the font is 13th-century. The chancel was rebuilt in 1865.

An extract from Devon Churches Photographic Memories.

Memories of Abbotsham


This photo has brought back so many memories of when I had my summer holidays in the last house before the white houses. There was a gate to the side of the house which lead into a large garden where my grandad grew veg and fruit, and the chickens from the farm behind walked around the garden. I loved (...Read full memory)

I lived in Abbotsham from birth in 1947 until we moved away in 1967. I attended the village school from 1952 until 1959. Started in the infants class with Mrs Attenborough then on to the Junior class with the Headmistress, Mrs Cotton. In the Juniors we used to listen to the Schools Radio programmes where we learnt (...Read full memory)

Growing up at Fairy Cross, Alwington and as our village school had closed in the late 1950s we had to catch the school bus daily morning and afternoon to Abbotsham Primary School. (Shown in the centre back of the picture next to St Helens Church). I started in 1963 in the "little ones class" of the two roomed (...Read full memory)

At the side of the Post Office is a single track lane that leads to the cliffs, half a mile along the lane past the farm was a large thatched cottage named "Rixlade". In 1957 our father Major William (Bill) Hay was stationed as O.C. at Fremington camp near Barnstaple, from our home town of (...Read full memory)

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Caption for Abbotsham, Church Of St Helen, South Side 1890: According to an inscription on one of the octagonal piers, the north aisle was built in 1593, although a church must have existed here much earlier as the font is 13th-century. The chancel was rebuilt in 1865.

An extract from Devon Churches Photographic Memories.

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