Mid Devon District
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The Parish Church of St Mary the Virgin, Rewe
The earliest mention of the
church at Rewe is in January 1280, when Nicholas of Totnes was instituted as Rector.
The present church was built from 1450 onwards, although the south porch is of a simpler style and may be a remnant of the older building.
An ancient tombstone in the floor at the chancel step reads
"Pray for the soul of Thomas Veysey, once pastor of this church"
Thomas Veysey was Rector from 1402 to 1426.
The carved oak chancel screen, the font and the carvings of small figures holding shields date from the 1400's.
During the time of Sir Nicholas Wadham, who succeeded to the Manor of Rewe in 1495, considerable additions and improvements were made to the church.
The chancel was reb uilt and a chantry chapel
Now partly hidden by the organ, the large monument in the east end of the north aisle commemorates Paul Draper 1689, an Exeter merchant who lived at Rewe and who was a steward
of the City of Exeter in 1659.
On Christmas night in 1810 the t ower and church were hit by lightning, causing extensive damage to the windows. The weather vane from the tower was found on the marshes of the River Culm, some quarter of a mile away. The church was extensively restored and redecorated in 1867. The staine d glass windows date from the 1800's.
The carved figures above the screen were erected in 1929 as a memorial to a parish parishioner (Arthur May, died November 1928).