Church of St Cyr and St Julitta, Newton St Cyres

The Church of St Cyr and Julitta stands next to the A377 on a small hillside overlooking the village of Newton St Cyres. The church is dedicated to St Cyr and his mother Julitta of Iconium (Asia Minor, modern day Turkey), who was martyred at Tarsus in the Diocletian persecution of 305 AD.  Worship on the site spans over 1,000 years […]

The Church of St Cyr and Julitta stands next to the A377 on a small hillside overlooking the village of Newton St Cyres. The church is dedicated to St Cyr and his mother Julitta of Iconium (Asia Minor, modern day Turkey), who was martyred at Tarsus in the Diocletian persecution of 305 AD. 

Worship on the site spans over 1,000 years back to the Monks of Saint Peter’s Church, Exeter. 

The church is a Grade I listed building, with its oldest part – the tower – dating back to the 13th century. The nave was rebuilt in the 15th century, while the north aisle was added in the 16th. The resulting interior is a thing of quite exceptional character. It has lightness, delicacy and openness that is appreciated by all those who visit the church. 

The church and churchyard contain visible heritage going back over 500 years with an extremely rare monument bearing the Royal Arms of King James II (one of less than 10 in the country, due to his very short reign), along with monuments dedicated to numerous generations of the Northcote and Quicke families (Squires of the Parish).