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St Matthews Church in Butterleigh
St Matthews Church in Butterleigh
Butterleigh is located in Devon
Location within Devon
Population102 (2011 UK Census)
Shire county
Sovereign stateUnited Kingdom
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50°51′48″N 3°27′34″W / 50.863450°N 3.459320°W / 50.863450; -3.459320Coordinates: 50°51′48″N 3°27′34″W / 50.863450°N 3.459320°W / 50.863450; -3.459320

Butterleigh is a village in Mid Devon, England situated about three miles south east of Tiverton. The village includes a public house, village hall, award-winning blacksmith and is famous for its harvest home.

St Matthew's Church[edit]

The parish church of St Matthew has a 13th-century baptismal font, and an alms box predating King Charles I.


In the church of St Matthew is a mural monument to Elizabeth Courtenay (d.1624), a daughter of Philip III Courtenay (1547-1611) of Molland by his wife Joane Boyes (d.1586), daughter of John Boyes of Kent. Elizabeth married in 1600[1] to the Hollander Peter Muden, a doctor of medicine, of Butterleigh. Shortly before 1600 Muden had enlarged the parish church[2] and later erected the existing mural monument to his wife which contains a female effigy between two children with verse.[3]

External links[edit]

Media related to Butterleigh at Wikimedia Commons

Butterleigh, Mid Devon at Curlie


  1. ^ Vivian, Heralds' Visitations of Devon, p.251
  2. ^ Lysons, Magna Britannia, Vol.6: Devon, 1822, Parishes: Bridestowe - Butterleigh, pp. 69-92 [1]
  3. ^ Polwhele, vol.2, p.256