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Mid Devon (District Authority)
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ST 03689 10428


WILLAND WILLAND ST 01 SW 2/273 Parish Church of St Mary the - Virgin 5.4.66 GV I Parish Church. C15, with C16 north aisle and some window tracery renewed in the C19. Coursed rubble conglomerate with some flint, and Beer stone dressing internally. West tower, nave, south porch, north aisle, chancel and sanctuary, the roof slated. West tower: unbuttressed, of one stage, but 3 builds; lower courses containing much flint with limestone quoins; about 3 metres above ground level large conglomerate coursed blocks; with C19 upper courses and battlementing. Square headed 2-light belfry openings; 3-light Perpendicular west window with hood mould and head terminals. West doorway with wavy moulding surround. North aisle: west window, 3-light Perpendicular; north aisle north windows with three 3-light square-headed windows, shallow cusping, that look early C16; north doorway, square-headed and chamfered; east window, 3-light, Perpendicular. Chancel: east window, looks mid C19, 3-light, Perpendicular. Nave, south wall with much disturbed masonry; 2 C19 square-headed 2-light windows; traces of former rood screen stair turret, now dismantled, where a vertical masonry joint clearly visible. Flat roofed porch with parapet, partially rebuilt, but retaining outer moulded arch, and a frieze of quatrefoils bearing a now largely obliterated legend including the name 'Johannes....' inner doorway, chamfered with pyramid stop. Interior: nave and chancel structurally undivided; 4-bay, north arcade, bays wide and low, piers with wavy moulding and moulded bases; capitals crisply carved with shields and foliage, one with armorial devices that include the duchy of Cornwall spread-eagle; all looks early C16. Tower arch with chamfer and run-out stops. Roofs: ceiled, canted to nave and chancel, undecorated barrel to aisle. Front: north-east chapel, octagonal stem with pyramid stops, and a later bowl. Screen: across nave only; 8 bays, each bay with coupled lights with ogival cinquefoiled heads, and richly carved spandrels. Wainscotting similar, but tracery heads are not ogival. Coving, with painted motifs of Renaissance character; single vine-leaf cornice frieze. Evidence of ancient paint; the screen has been recently (1985) restored. Glass: 2 late medieval (probably early C16) figures in the top lights of the north aisles, east window, of St John and St Michael.

Listing NGR: ST0368710427


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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: 25 Sep 2001
Reference: IOE01/04017/29
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr John David Hampshire. Source Historic England Archive
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