St Michael de Rupe Brentor Devon

The September Calendar Challenge saw me travel down to West Devon Brent Tor, beautiful views a worthy stop off point the Car park is free and has public toilets , the walking route to the top of the Tor is well sign posted. This ended up as an eventful trip my DJI drone decided to have a head fit and fell out of the sky (divine intervention) so in the repair shop at the moment having the camera surgically re-attached. So 30 mins of drone footage was lost the SD card was damaged, i managed to recover some footage for stills.

St Michael de Rupe is one of the iconic landmarks of West Devon.  Founded in 1130 by the local landowner Robert Giffard, St Michael’s is the fourth smallest parish church in the UK, and is believed to be the highest working church in England.

The Church of St Michel de Rupe atop the Tor dates to the 13th century. The tower is 40 feet (12 m) high and houses five bells. At one point, the Church may have been used as a Beacon tower, used to spread word of enemies seen out to sea. It is also said that the church was to be built at the bottom of the tor, but the devil who didn’t want to see its construction would move the construction to the top of the hill each night to stop its construction. Dissuaded by the devil, the locals continued with its construction in defiance.

There are many legends surrounding Brent Tor. One of the best-known is that of the Merchant and the Storm. According to this story, an early medieval merchant paid for the church to be completed after nearly being shipwrecked. The churchyard was used as a location in filming the ITV version of Jamaica Inn.