Whenever I return from a major “Church Crawl” there is always one church that I am looking forward to writing about. In my trip to Devon in 2015 that church was Luppitt. I had visited it many years before but that was long before websites so my photographs - taken on film - were inadequate for publication. I had always remembered the extraordinary Norman font (no, it’s not hyperbole this time!) and longed to see it again.
I was not disappointed. I really do think this is England’s most entertaining font, although it would be fatuous to declare it - or any other font for that matter - the best of its kind. On it’s own it is worth a considerable detour. Luppitt has other charms as well, however. It has a rare Norman pillar piscina, for one thing. What is really unusual, however, that despite all the changes that have been carried out over the centuries it has retained a pleasing architectural symmetry and integrity. There is nothing here that has you gnashing your teeth with frustration and even the Victorians managed a rare excursion into the alien territories of good taste and restraint!
What is even more gratifying is that the present population of 400-500 souls is following in that tradition. The “Millennium Bench” (of which more anon) in particular combines humour with a an eye to enduring posterity. The church is clean, well-maintained and welcoming. In an age when fewer than ever profess any strong Christian faith, this is a church that shows a sense of mission to remain at the heart of the community and does not pull the wagons in a circle.