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East Devon (District Authority)
Clyst Hydon
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ST 03542 01675


CLYST HYDON ST 00 SW 2/17 Church of St Andrew 30.6.61 GV I

Parish church. C15, renovated 1885 - 86 with new north aisle. The C15 work is coursed blocks of volcanic trap with some red sandstone and has Beerstone ashlar detail; the 1885-6 work is snecked red sandstone with Bathstone ashlar detail; slate roof. Plan: nave and chancel with north and south aisles (neither are quite full length), south porch and west tower. Exterior: west tower of 2 stages with set-back buttresses and embattled parapet with corner pinnacles. On the north side is a semi-hexagonal stair turret with an external doorway. The belfry windows have Flamboyant tracery; they are very weathered and therefore maybe C15. The tower west doorway is a 2-centred arch with moulded surround and hoodmould. The window above is missing its tracery and mullions. The south aisle is C15; it has set-back buttresses and an embattled parapet over a moulded eaves cornice which includes carved gargoyles at intervals. The south porch is left of centre. It too has set back-buttresses and an embattled parapet but here the merlins are pierced by quatrefoils. The outer arch is a depressed 4-centred arch with a moulded surround and hood which includes a carved angel holding armorial bearings at the apex. The porch roof is a Beerstone fan vault with cusped panels and central carved boss featuring a Tudor Rose. The south doorway is a 2-centred arch with moulded surround and contains C19 double doors in Gothic style. There are 4 windows on the south side; one to left of the porch and 3 to right. All are 3 lights and have depressed 4-centred arch heads and contain Perpendicular tracery and there are similar 3-light windows each end. The break between nave and chancel (or aisle and south chapel) is marked by a projecting semi- octagonal rood stair turret which rises above the aisle parapet and has its own embattled parapet. Alongside to right is a small priest's doorway. The chancel east window was rebuilt in the C19; it is 3 lights with Flamboyant tracery and hoodmould. The C19 north aisle has 4-light windows with Flamboyant tracery each end and on the north side three 3-light windows with cusped Y-tracery. Interior: the nave, north and south aisles, chancel and tower have ceiled wagon roofs with moulded ribs and purlins and carved oak bosses. All are painted and therefore it is not possible to determine if any is C15; certainly the north aisle and tower roofs are C19. Tall plain tower arch. C19 chancel arch has a moulded surround springing from moulded land carved corbels. The south aisle has a C15 Beerstone 4-bay arcade (1 overlapping the chancel). The piers are moulded Pevsners's type A) and have carved capitals. The north aisle has a C19 5-bay arcade (with 2 overlapping the chancel) in the same style as the south arcade. In the south aisle there is a small Beerstone doorway with a segmental head and moulded surround to the rood stair which is still open. The walls are plastered and the floor is stone flags including some C18 grave slabs. Most of the furniture and fittings are C19. The altar is flanked by Gothic style boards painted with the text of the Lords Prayer. C19 oak altar rail on wrought iron standards. No stalls as such. The plain pine lectern is probably C20. C19 oak pulpit with octagonal drum with Gothic style enrichment. The nave and aisles have oak box pews, the best made (or remade) with fielded panelling. It is an interesting sociological point that the pulpit can only be gained through the squire's (or Huish family) pew. The Beerstone font is of indeterminate date but is probably C19. It has an unembellished octagonal bowl on a plain octagonal stem. The ogee oak font cover is C17. The chancel contains a good group of marble mural memorials mostly in memory of members of the Huish family. The oldest is dated 1633 and the best is on the north side and dated 1764. The south aisle has painted Commandment boards. The nave and aisles contain C19 wrought iron lamp brackets. There is some good C19 glass here. The East window is signed E. Baillie, London, 1850, and instead of the usual Biblical scene it has the Huish arms. The glass is particularly impressive in the mouchettes of the Flamboyant tracery.

Listing NGR: ST0354401682


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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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Date: 11 Aug 2006
Reference: IOE01/16009/08
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr Hedley R. Hooper. Source Historic England Archive
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