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North Devon (District Authority)
East Worlington
National Grid Reference:
SS 76992 13485


EAST WORLINGTON WEST WORLINGTON SS 71 SE 8/33 Church of St Mary 20.2.67 GV I Anglican parish church. Predominantly C15, though tower C13 and chancel partly C14; C19 restoration. Coursed local rubble, coursed and squared to the tower, some Bathstone dressings; continuous gabled slated nave and chancel roof, clay ridge tiles, aisle with gabled roof with lead ridge, slate roof to porch with clay ridge, timber twisted broach spire to tower clad with shingles, restored 1908, lead capping, weathercock. Plan: nave, chancel, south aisle, south porch, west tower. Perpendicular style. Exterior: big broad squat tower with large quoins to west, 3-light west window with a stilted arch head, centre light reaching up to the apex, the flanking lights terminating lower down, label which continues as a weathered drip right around the tower; pointed-arch west doorway with 2 orders of cavetto mouldings, studded plank door; Spire restored after lightening strike, but retains some of its early structure. Nave with two 2-light trefoiled square-headed windows to the north, labels; similar window on north side of chancel, this appears replaced C19. 3-bayed aisle with 2-stage buttresses with offsets, fine-traceried 3-light Perpendicular windows. Small gabled porch, very plain outer door opening, inside slate floor, wooden bench to each side on a rubble base, C15 waggon roof with moulded ribs, bosses replaced C19, leaf frieze to wallplate, part original, part recarved; moulded Perpendicular inner door opening, C19 plank door, medieval style iron hinges. C13 style east window of 3 lights with intersecting tracery (replacing an earlier window of the same style?) Interior: plaster removed from walls except the chancel. Slate floors, except chancel with Victorian High Gothic encaustic tile pavement. Simple double-chamfered tower arch, probably C15. No chancel arch. 3-bay arcade to aisle with Pevsner's B- type piers with standard Devon capitals with angel figures, a mask, and blank shields as well as the usual leaf decoration. Aisle with C15 waggon roof, the same style as in the porch, moulded ribs, bosses (to centre with the Virgin and Child painted) cornice with a leaf frieze. C16 waggon roof to nave, restored C19, moulded ribs, painted bosses, wallplate with a pierced frieze. Ceiled C19 waggon roof in chancel. Good set of carved C16 bench ends, geometrical patterns, tracery and floral carving in relief, some C19 copies. Seat in aisle with back of Cl7 panelling; fielded pine dado panelling to north wall of nave and south wall of aisle. Good traceried parclose screen with Pevsner's A-type tracery. C14 piscina to chancel. Victorian High Gothic pulpit, lectern, altar rails and altar table. Wall monument to Thomas Stucle of 1663, with flanking Corinthian columns, pediment, strapwork ornament, cherubs and achievement, coloured and guilded. Late C19 wall monument. Painted plaque over south door: "John Cook Warden 1726". Georgian Royal Arms. Much old glass to windows, probably C18, clear panes with irregular canes. Fragments of medieval stained glass to top lights of west window of south aisle. Stained glass window to chancel dated 1890, window to aisle dated 1908. Under tower parish chest dated 1690, early C19 strong box, and charity plaque dated 1835. C15 ring-chamber floor, moulded ribs, framed in 6 panels.

Listing NGR: SS7699413487


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This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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