St Michael’s Church consecrated

The Church of St Michael & All Angels, Mount Dinham, was consecrated by the Right Revd John Medley, Bishop of Fredericton, Canada, on Tuesday 29th September 1868, Michaelmas Day. The collection for the two services on the first day amounted to £175 5s 4d, indicating that the congregations were quite wealthy – not the sort of sum that would have been collected at St Edmund’s or St George’s in the West Quarter of Exeter.

It is equipped with the latest gas lighting and can seat 700. The interior is surprisingly high, at 65 ft. The pulpit is carved from English oak by Harry Hems of Longbrook Street, Exeter, to a design by Sir Arthur William Blomfield. In 1883 the chancel is decorated with wall paintings, roof decoration and some stained glass, along with a recumbent figure of William Gibbs by H Armstead RA. Further mosaics and mastic decorations to the reredos are added in 1899 by W D Caroe, who was the architect for St David’s Church.