Chagford The Church of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

Chagford The Church of St Michael the Archangel, Chagford, Dartmoor National Park

By Chagford square, The Church of St Michael the Archangel was dedicated in 1261 by Bishop Branscombe of Exeter Cathedral. If the name's familiar to Dartmoor walkers, it's because there's a Branscombe's Loaf up on Corn Ridge near Yes Tor and High Willhays which form the highest ground in southern England.

According to the church website, 'the present building was mainly built in the early part of the fifteenth century'.

Beautiful inside, look out for the commemoration to Mary Whiddon whose story inspired R.D.Blackmore to write 'Lorna Doone'.

Outside, in the graveyard, find the memorial stone to James Perrott who is seen as the father of Dartmoor letterboxing. In 1854, Perrott left a bottle at Cranmere Pool in which visitors left their calling cards. Over the years, this morphed into today's 'Letter Box' as marked on the Ordnance Survey Explorer OL28 'Dartmoor' map.