Heritage Category:
Listed Building
List Entry Number:
Date first listed:
Statutory Address:


© Crown Copyright and database right 2020. All rights reserved. Ordnance Survey Licence number 100024900.
© British Crown and SeaZone Solutions Limited 2020. All rights reserved. Licence number 102006.006.
Use of this data is subject to Terms and Conditions.

The above map is for quick reference purposes only and may not be to scale. For a copy of the full scale map, please see the attached PDF - 1108513.pdf

The PDF will be generated from our live systems and may take a few minutes to download depending on how busy our servers are. We apologise for this delay.

This copy shows the entry on 28-Oct-2020 at 06:02:39.


Statutory Address:

The building or site itself may lie within the boundary of more than one authority.

South Hams (District Authority)
National Grid Reference:
SX 81245 62633



5/53 Church of St John the Baptist 9.2.61


Parish church. C14. Largely rebuilt in 1439 when aisles, west tower and south porch were built. Ashlar with freestone dressings. Tiled roof. Nave and chancel in one. Chancel has C14 north window and C19 four-light curvelinear traceried east window. North and south aisles with embattled parapets and thin buttresses with set-offs and C19 geometric traceried window. The north aisle has polygonal stair turret to the rood loft. Four-centre arch south doorway with quatrefoil spandrels and hood mould with head stops. Two- storeyed south porch with embattled parapet, buttresses with set-offs, ovolo- moulded two-centred arch doorway with two-light window above with narrow niches in the jambs and carved lintel soffit. Tall west tower in three stages, with weathered stringcourses, set-back buttresses with set-offs, embattled parapet without pinnacles. Two-light bell-openings with four-centred heads. Three- light Perpendicular traceried west window and moulded two-centred arch west doorway. Polygonal stair turret on south side with battlements and later small gabled porch at its base. Slate sundial dated 1721 on south side of south aisle. Interior: five bays north and south arcades, the east bays narrower, with moulded two-centred arches, the piers have four shafts with wavy moulding between, only the shafts have capitals most of which are carved. The nave, chancel and north and south aisles, have C15 moulded waggon roofs with carved bosses at the intersections and on the moulded wall plate. Tall plain unmoulded tower arch. Chamfered pointed arch piscina with shelf. Good rood and parclose screens with traces of colour, Perpendicular tracery and tracerled wainscot, carved cornice with vines and birds pecking the grapes. Cresting above but coving is missing. Four-centred arch doorway to rood loft at north end. Norman sandstone font with seven-sided bowl with ribs on the underside, round stem and a cushion base. Late C19 furnishings in Perpendicular style including organ under the tower arch. Monuments: Two C14 and one C13 recumbent effigies on south and north window cills, two knights in armour, one 1243 Sir John Arundel cross-legged and with shield, the other circa 1400, and a lady of C14. Gothick monument to Charles Cornish of Gatcombe House 1818. Late C15 stained glass from St John's Church Marldon, two complete figures of St Stephen and St Christopher. References: John Stabb, Some Old Devon Churches, volume I, pages 83 and 84, plate 70. B F Cresswell, Notes on Devon Churches, Deanery of Totness, pp.184 to 197.

Listing NGR: SX8124462638


The contents of this record have been generated from a legacy data system.

Legacy System number:
Legacy System:


Books and journals
Cresswell, B F, Notes on Devon Churches of the Deanery of Totnes, (1904), 184-197
Stabb, J, Notes on some Old Devon Churches, (1908), 83 84


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

End of official listing

Images of England

Images of England was a photographic record of every listed building in England, created as a snap shot of listed buildings at the turn of the millennium. These photographs of the exterior of listed buildings were taken by volunteers between 1999 and 2008. The project was supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund.

Date: 02 May 2002
Reference: IOE01/06301/20
Rights: Copyright IoE Mrs Jean M. King. Source Historic England Archive
Archive image, may not represent current condition of site.
To view this image please use Firefox, Chrome, Safari, or Edge.

Your Contributions

Do you know more about this entry?

The following information has been contributed by users volunteering for our Enriching The List project. For small corrections to the List Entry please see our Minor Amendments procedure.

The information and images below are the opinion of the contributor, are not part of the official entry and do not represent the official position of Historic England. We have not checked that the contributions below are factually accurate. Please see our terms and conditions. If you wish to report an issue with a contribution or have a question please email [email protected].