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Parish Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Kelly, Devon

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Latitude: 50.6102 / 50°36'36"N

Longitude: -4.2696 / 4°16'10"W

OS Eastings: 239514

OS Northings: 81400

OS Grid: SX395814

Mapcode National: GBR NQ.BTC2

Mapcode Global: FRA 17YG.8GT

Plus Code: 9C2QJP6J+35

Entry Name: Parish Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 21 March 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1104815

English Heritage Legacy ID: 92329

Location: Kelly, West Devon, Devon, PL16

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Kelly

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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5/82 Parish Church of St Mary

Parish church. Chancel partly C14, restored 1760, nave and north aisle circa late
C15, porch and vestry 1865, west tower rebuilt 1885. Nave dressed stone brought to
course; vestry and porch dressed stone; tower, aisle and chancel ashlar. Scantle
slate roof to vestry and north aisle, asbestos slate roofs to nave, chancel and
porch. C14 build probably nave and chancel of which one respond survives. North
aisle and north chancel chapel added circa late C15 when the nave may have been
rebuilt. C16 fenestration to nave. Major restoration of chancel in 1760. South
porch and adjoining south west vestry 1865. Largely Perpendicular church with 5-bay
north aisle, 2 bays to the chancel. Chancel masonry ashlar on chamfered rubble
plinth, granite dressings. Plaque in east gable reads "Done by John Bollon, 1710".
On the south side of the chancel two 4-light arched untraceried granite windows have
"R E 17 10" on the label stops, for Richard Edgecumbe, rector 1702-1769. Coped east
gable, 5-light C19 Perpendicular east window under a hoodmould, and a 1-light pulpit
window under a square-headed hoodmould. North aisle with buttresses with set-offs,
angle buttresses to east and west ends. Coped east gable, plinth differs from
chancel. Good 4-light C15 Perpendicular chancel east window, deeply recessed in a
moulded architrave with hoodmould and label stops, mullions replaced. 4 C15
Perpendicular windows to aisle have hoodmoulds and label stops. Westernmost bay of
aisle has arched moulded doorway under a square hoodmould with carved label stops,
spandrels also carved. 3-light Perpendicular west window to north aisle has
hoodmould and label stops. Large 3-stage battlemented west tower rebuilt in 1885 has
set back buttresses with set-offs and crocketted corner pinnacles on octagonal
shafts. Tower has plinth and moulded strings marking stages. Internal north west
stair turret. Arched moulded granite west doorway has decorative carving below
square-headed hoodmould, trefoils carved in spandrels. Deeply recessed 3-light west
window with Geometric tracery below hoodmould. West face of tower has 4-centred
arched moulded opening at bellringers' stage in moulded rectangular architrave.
2-light arched belfry openings on all 4 faces of tower. The tower has unusual run-
out stops below the battlementing. Irregular 1865 vestry and porch with asymmetrical
coped gable. The vestry has a 2-light Decorated C19 window and a stone chimney
carried on corbels. 2 quatrefoil lights to east wall of porch. Arched moulded outer
doorway to porch below blind trefoil in gable. C19 collar rafter porch roof, granite
arched inner doorway.
Interior Moulded south respond of chancel arch probably C14 with capital including
carved heads (q.v. Lifton). Moulded chancel arch carried on granite corbel on
spandrel of north arcade, chancel arch presumably rebuilt when north aisle was added.
Similar arch carried on corbels between north aisle and north chancel chapel (q.v.
Lifton) which may have been a chantry. Piers of north arcade Pevsner 'A' type. Some
variations and replacement to carved capitals. Segmental pointed tower arch carried
on moulded responds with capitals. C19 unceiled waggon roofs with carved bases. C19
rectangular bench ends with blind tracery decoration. Rectangular late C19 pulpit
with blind tracery. Plain octagonal font on shaft and base probably C15 but recut in
the C19. The east window of the north aisle contains some important late C15 glass
which was in the east window in a fragmentary condition before 1879 when it was
restored by Baillie and Son of Wardour St. who repainted parts of the medieval glass,
added some C19 glass and re-designed the window as single figures: Edward the
Confessor, the Virgin Mary, re-crucifixion and St John, with angels in the head
tracery. The glass was originally given by Mr Tremayne of Collacombe on the occasion
of a Tremayne-Kelly marriage. The west window of the north aisle commemorating
Admiral Benedictions Kelly, died 1867 is in the mosaic style and probably by Lavers,
Barraud and Westlake. The tower window, the easternmost window of the north aisle
and the east window all by Lavers and Westlake. 3 slate memorials to the Kelly
family fixed to the east wall of the north aisle: 1514 to Oliver Kelly; 1605 to
Thomas Kelly and 1627 to William Kelly. Wall monument to Richard Edgcumbe, died 1710
fixed to south wall of chancel: 2 columns support an entablature with a segmental
pediment, oval inscription table below.

Listing NGR: SX3951481402

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