St John the Baptist Church Exeter
Newton Abbot 
Devon TQ13 9TJ
 
 
Set in the heart of picturesque Lustleigh village is the 13th century parish church of St John the Baptist. There is some evidence that the church was built on an already important religious site.
 
Datuidoc's Stone
The graveyard is an unusual oval shape typical of Romano-British cemeteries but the most important treasure is a rare early Christian sculptured stone known as Datuidoc’s stone. It has been identified as a post-Roman commemorative stone erected between 550 and 600 AD. The Latin inscription translates as "The stone of DATUIDOC the son of CONHINOC"
 
Nothing is known of either man, but it is likely that Datuidoc was a Christian Briton who was buried in the already existing graveyard and the stone was erected to mark his grave. It can be assumed that Datuidoc, and probably his father also, were men of local importance in this area of eastern Dartmoor during the 6th century AD.
 
When the medieval church was built the stone was placed in the paving below the inner doorway of the church porch. In 1979 the stone was lifted to protect it from further wear and it is now standing at the west end of the north aisle inside the church.
 
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13th Century Church
The oldest part of the church is the chancel, nave and south porch built around 1250. The south chapel was added by the Lord of the Manor in the 14th century, and the tower was built. In the 15th century the north wall was replaced with pillars and the north aisle. Nothing more happened until Victorian times when the vestry was added.
 
Norman Font & Oak Screen
Inside is a Norman font, a finely carved oak screen and several old tombs. One of them has an effigy of a Crusader knight thought to be Sir Wm Prouz, Lord of the Manor of Wrey.
 
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Contact & Further Information
 
Getting There
Follow the directions to Lustleigh Village on this website.
 
Google Map - St John the Baptst Church - Lustleigh