COUNTISBURY

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GENUKI COUNTISBURY
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CHURCH
St John the Evangelist
ROMAN FORTLETT
NORTH DEVON GALLERY
NORTH DEVON EVENTS

Extract from Devon by W.G.Hoskins (1954), included by kind permission of the copyright holder:

COUNTISBURY has been identified with arx Cynuit, where Odda, the ealdorman of Devon, inflicted a decisive defeat on the Danes in 878. The precise scene of the battle was the earthwork, about 1 m. W. of the village, on the high neck of land between the Lyn gorge and the sea.

The parish contains superb coastal and moorland scenery, rising to 1,125 ft. at Kipscombe Hill and 1,136 ft. at Old Barrow Hill. Foreland Point is a hog-backed cliff rising to over 700 ft., with a lighthouse first lit in 1900. There was a Roman signal station at Old Barrow, somewhat NE. of the summit of the hill, commanding the Bristol Channel. It is a square enclosure with rounded angles, enclosed by a triple vallum and ditch, the outer vallum being a large circle.

Countisbury church (St. John the Baptist) is of little interest, having been rebuilt and enlarged at various dates between 1796 and 1846. It contains, however, a post-Reformation chancel screen upon which a classic pediment of late 17th century work is superimposed.

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COUNTISBURY FROM THE A39 APPROACHING LYNMOUTH
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COUNTISBURY HILL THE DESCENT INTO LYNMOUTH

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