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South Hams (District Authority)
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SX 86624 63576



13/68 Church of St John the Baptist 9.2.61 GV I

Parish church. Circa 1400 west tower, remainder rebuilt circa 1450 with chapel of circa 1520. Chancel restored 1874. Dressed stone with freestone dressings. Slate and lead roofs. Nave and chancel in one with large C19 five-light Perpendicular east window. North and south aisles, south aisle extended to east in circa 1520 by John Gilbert to form the Compton Chapel. Embattled parapets and buttresses with set-offs rising to pinnacles with a batter, like obelisks. Rood stair turret on north side with battlements. Large four-light Perpendicu- lar traceried north and south windows appear to be all C19 replacements except for two large granite Perpendicular windows at east end of south aisle, and a smaller three-light Perpendicular window at the east end of south side of the south aisle (Compton Chapel). South doorway has quatrefoil spandrels. Two- storey porch also with battlements and finials and diagonal buttresses with set-offs. The porch is vaulted inside with moulded ribs and tiercerons and carved bosses with shields, foliage and rosettes. Tall unbuttressed west tower with slight batter, in three stages and with battlement and gargoyles and pinnacles over the corners only. Three-light bell openings with straight heads and labels. Polygonal stair turret on south side. C19 five-light west window with intersecting tracery and plain chamfered west doorway with hood mould. Interior: C15 five bay north and south arcades, the south arcade extended circa 1520 with two narrow bays to chancel chapel (Compton Chapel). Two-centred arcade arches on piers with four shafts with wavy moulding between, and leaf- frieze capitals. C19 boarded wagon roof. North and south aisles have flat roofs with moulded chamfered beams supported on stone corbels. Reset in south chancel chapel, probably from chancel, an earlier piscina with cusped ogee arch with quatrefoils in the spandrels and a shelf. Another larger piscina in the south aisle. In east bay of each arcade a canopied cenotaph to Otho Gilbert 1492 and his wife in the south one, and a small recumbent effigy in armour in the other. C15 octagonal font with panels containing quatrefoils and shields. Small Royal Arms of William IV under the tower. Fragments of the stone screen in room over the porch. Remainder of furnishings C19 and C20. Monuments: Wall monument to Ann Gilbert 1775. Some C17, C18 and C19 in incised tombstones. Reference: John Stabb, Some Old Devon Churches, Volume II, page 118 and 119. R F Cresswell, Notes on Devon Churches, Deanery of Ipplepen, pp.193 to 211.

Listing NGR: SX8662663575


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Books and journals
Cresswell, B F, Notes on Devon Churches of the Deanery of Ipplepen, (1903), 193-211
Stabb, J, Notes on some Old Devon Churches, (1911), 118 119


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: 17 May 2004
Reference: IOE01/11270/11
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