In the Civil War there was action in Halberton and two unknown soldiers were buried in the Churchyard. Richard Symonds, one of Charles I’s Cavaliers, a diarist and antiquarian, took the opportunity of looking into the Church and writes of it in his “Diary of the Marches of the Royal Army, 1644”. He mentions the monument in the SE corner to Humphrey Were Esq., Bencher of the Inner Temple, who died in 1625. Another member of the Were family, later buried in the Church in 1658, fought as an officer in Cromwell’s army.
The Present Church
The Parish Church, dedicated to St Andrew, is built of red sandstone and exhibits many characteristics of the Decorated style of the 14th century. It was probably built on the site of an earlier Norman church.