Holy Cross has a long, varied and interesting history from its pre-reformation origins to today. In this section of our website you can find out facts and figures, meet some colourful historical characters and examine the building and architecture.
|A Short History
An introduction to Holy Cross from past to present including Crediton’s Cathedral, the effects of the Reformation up until the present day.
Arguably Crediton’s greatest son and a man called the “greatest Englishman”. We look at Boniface life and times in England, German and the Netherlands.
Lords of the Manor since Saxon times, this fascinating tomb is examined along with the history behind the Tuckfields of Tedburn.
|Sir John de Sully
Sir John died in 1387 at the remarkable age of 106. An amazing, if weather-beaten, tomb for a knight who battled in the 100 Years War.
|General Sir Redvers Buller V.C.
The life and times of the man who has the largest memorial in Holy Cross. A General who saw action in the Zulu War, Egypt and the Sudan.
This elaborate and huge memorial mixes Gothic with modern, shields with mysterious figures and emblems in mosaic and sculpture.
|Search for Saxon Crediton
With a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, 2007 saw the search for a Saxon Cathedral and a series of events celebrating Holy Cross.
Holy Cross is visited by many hundreds of tourists, pilgrims and historians each year. If you would like to book a tour, this is the place to do it.
|Recess Tomb and Sidilia
An intriguing look at the recess tomb still with some medieval colouring and the sedilia complete with slideshow.
|Timbers of Holy Cross
In 2003 English Heritage commissioned a report on the timbers used in the construction of the church and how its conclusions affect our knowledge of the building history.
A ground plan of Holy Cross showing the church features and including positions of the tombs, Norman font and more.
How to find us whether making the journey from outside or within Devon, by bus, train or car.