A medieval carving in a Devon church
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Research into Devon's medieval carvings

11 October 2012 Last updated at 07:42 BST

Devon has one of the country's largest collections of medieval church bench carvings, a new study has revealed.

Historian Todd Gray, from Exeter, studied the ornate woodwork in more than 600 of the county's churches.

The carvings were mostly carried out by local craftsmen hundreds of years ago.

The meaning behind many of the carvings is unknown, but some of the designs were created specifically for members of congregations.