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South Hams (District Authority)
Berry Pomeroy
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SX 82892 60999



11/11 and 12/11 Church of St Mary



Parish church. Rebuilt in C15 possibly by Sir Richard de Pomeroy, restored circa late C17 and 1878-79. Tower has C13/14 west doorway. Stone rubble with freestone dressings and slate roofs, tower rendered. Nave and chancel in one. Restored five-light Perpendicular panel tracery east window. North and south aisles have embattled parapets, thin buttresses with set-off and restored four-light Perpendicular panel tracery windows. Rood stair turret on north side. C15 two-storeyed south porch with embattled parapet diagonal buttresses, moulded round-arch doorway with heavy label and two-light window above. Sundial on porch dated 1687. Stair turret on west side of porch. Interior of porch has two bays of octopartite vaults with blank arcades on east and west sides. Inner south door is from the screen and glazed. Tall west tower in two stages with thin set-back buttresses with set-offs, embattled parapet, three-light bell- openings, Perpendicular four-light west window, the mullions having been restored. Circa C13/14 moulded west doorway. Interior: wide nave with five-bay C15 north and south arcades with moulded two-centred arches on piers with four shafts with wavy moulding between and leaf frieze capitals, some bearing benefactors' names. Tall moulded tower arch with shafted responds and moulded capitals. Late C19 boarded segmental wagon roof to nave and chancel and late C19 flat aisle roofs. Very fine C15 rood screen across nave and aisles and parclose screen with original colour including defaced painted figures on wainscot panels, traceried above and vaulted coving with finely carved pulvina- ted frieze with vine and grapes and cresting above. C15 octagonal font with quatrefoil panels. Remainder of furnishings Victorian except for reused altar rail of circa early C18 now in north aisle and a C17 carved chest in south aisle. Monuments: on north side of chancel Sir Richard Pomeroy 1496 and his wife, a tomb chest with quatrefoil panels in niche with carved Tudor arch, the brasses of kneelers and shields are missing. At east end of north aisle Seymour monument 1613 (Sir Edward died 1593) with reclining effigies of two knights (Edward son of the Protector and his son Lord Edward Seymour) and another reclining effigy of the latter's wife with child in cradle and another child at her feet. Kneeling figures below of five sons and four daughters. Wall monument to Revd John Prince 1681-1723 Vicar of St Mary's and author of "The worthies of Devon", first published in 1701. Other C18 and C19 wall monuments. Floor slab in chancel to Robert Lyde 1615 and family. Painted Royal Arms of William III and inscription below:- "Fear God Honour Ye King". References: B.F. Cresswell, Notes on Devon Churches, Deanery of Totres, p.p.45 to 61. John Stabb, Devon Church Antiquities, Vol. 1 page 10, and some Old Devon Churches Vol 1, p.p.ll and 12.

Listing NGR: SX8289261013


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Books and journals
Cresswell, B F, Notes on Devon Churches of the Deanery of Totnes, (1904), 45-61
Stabb, J, Devon Church Antiquities, (1909), 10
Stabb, J, Notes on some Old Devon Churches, (1908), 11-12


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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Date: 15 Feb 2005
Reference: IOE01/07464/09
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