Bere Ferrers leading down to the River Tavy
Bere Ferrers shown within Devon
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Bere Ferrers, sometimes called Beerferris, is a village and civil parish on the Bere peninsula in West Devon in the English county of Devon. It has a population of 3,066, and is located to the north of Plymouth, on the west bank of the River Tavy. Bere Ferrers railway station on the Tamar Valley Line is nearby.
The church of St Andrew has the oldest Stained-glass window in Devon, excepting Exeter Cathedral; it is 600 years old. The building was probably built at various times between 1290 and 1340; it is recorded that an archpresbytery was founded here in 1333 and the north transept appears to be the earliest part of the church while the south aisle is the latest, perhaps 15th century. Features of interest include the Norman font, an unusual altar stone, benches having benchends carved with traceried arches, and an early medieval monument to a knight and lady (probably of the de Ferrariis family). In the church are two other monuments: another recess with effigy of a knight, and a tomb chest of the 1520s, perhaps for Lord Willoughby de Broke (d. 1522). The church saw the death, in 1821, of the antiquarian draughtsman Charles Alfred Stothard who was killed on falling while making a tracing from a window: his tombstone is in the churchyard.
- ^ Office for National Statistics : Census 2001 : Parish Headcounts : West Devon Retrieved 29 January 2010
- ^ Pevsner, N. (1952) South Devon. Penguin Books; pp. 47-48
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