Church of St Mary Steps, West Street, Exeter - Exeter

C15 fabric. Restored 1868-72 by Edward Ashworth. Chancel re-ordered 1966 by Lawrence King. Nave, chancel, south west tower, south aisle and chapel, north west vestry. The church is very compact, which reflects its constricted site just within the walls of medieval Exeter. Slate roofs. Red Heavitree stone in large blocks with limestone dressings. A Heritage Lottery Fund Grant for Places of Worship funded the repair of the tower, completed in early 2018. There are cracks in the south east corner and the aisle roof structure and covering are poor. A further phase of work will be needed.

Church of St Mary Steps, West Street, Exeter - Exeter
© Historic England

Site Details

  • Designated Site Name: CHURCH OF ST MARY STEPS
  • Heritage Category: Listed Building grade I
  • List Entry Number: 1224263
  • Local Planning Authority: Exeter
  • Site Type: Religious ritual and funerary > Church


  • Building Name: Church of St Mary Steps
  • Street Name: West Street
  • Locality: Exeter
  • County: Devon
  • District / Borough: Exeter
  • Parliamentary Constituency: Exeter
  • Region: South West

Assessment Information

  • Assessment Type: Place of worship
  • Condition: Poor
  • Priority: C - Slow decay; no solution agreed
  • Previous Priority: F
  • Ownership: Religious organisation
  • Designation: Listed Place of Worship grade I, CA