The Three Hares in Devon, England
We know of seventeen parish churches in Devon which contain at least one roof boss depicting the three hares. The bosses are crafted to cover the intersection of interior roof timbers. Twenty-nine bosses from Devon are known in total, of which nineteen are medieval and of wood. Broadclyst in East Devon has nine but, with the possible exception of a painted example in the nave roof, which may be medieval, the others are all copies of the early 19th century. Kelly has two bosses, but one is a modern copy. Chagford, Sampford Courtenay and Spreyton each have two medieval examples.
The bosses are widely spread throughout the county, from Ashreigney in the north to Paignton in the south, and from Broadclyst in the east to Kelly in the west. The north-eastern and eastern fringe of Dartmoor has a notable concentration.
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Photographing the Three Hares Roof Boss, South Tawton, Devon 2001
Three Hares, South Tawton.