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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Hatherleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8225 / 50°49'21"N

Longitude: -4.0726 / 4°4'21"W

OS Eastings: 254110

OS Northings: 104599

OS Grid: SS541045

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.XG3X

Mapcode Global: FRA 26CX.M6W

Plus Code: 9C2QRWFG+2X

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105250

English Heritage Legacy ID: 93161

Location: Hatherleigh, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Hatherleigh

Built-Up Area: Hatherleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Hatherleigh St John the Baptist

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 5404
11/53 Church of St John the Baptist

Parish church. Late C15 and early C16, restored in 1884. Stone rubble walls,
roughly coursed. Gable ended slate roof. Wood shingle spire to tower.
Plan: nave, north and south aisle, north transept, west tower and south porch. The
aisles are probably of slightly different dates judging from the difference in their
arcades but is is unclear which is the earlier.
Exterior: 3 stage West tower with spire in diminishing stages. Set back buttresses
with carved stone masks set on the corners of the tower in between them at the top
of the first stage. 2-light belfry openings have cinquefoil headed lights with
quartrefoil above. Double roll and hollow moulded 2-centre arched west doorway with
hoodmould. 3-light Perpendicular West window with restored mullions. Single arched
light on second stage. Semi-octagonal stair turret on north side of tower with
small arched and quatrefoil lights. North aisle has C19 3-light Decorated style
window at west end. Granite moulded 4-centred arched north doorway which has tall
early c16 3-light granite mullion window with segmental heads to west. North
transept has moulded C17 3-light mullion window at low level on west side. On its
north face are two 3-light early C16 windows similar to that on north aisle with
small C19 2-centred doorway between them; similar doorway at lower ground level on
east side. North side of north chapel has C19 early English style 3-light window.
At east end aisles are parallel with end of chancel. East window of north aisle has
late Perpendicular 5-light window in 2 stages with no cusping. Good granite
Perpendicular east window of 5 lights. South aisle east window is similar style but
restored. South chapel has a C19 window and shallow rood stair projection to their
west with small arched light. The south aisle has 2 early C16 windows similar to
north aisle. 1-storey gabled south porch has moulded shafts and double arched 4-
centred head to doorway. Small slate sundial above.
Good interior: Porch has wagon roof with moulded ribs whose wall-plates have been
replaced. South doorway has chamfered sandstone 2-centred arch with heavy panelled
oak door. The porch floor is partly cobbled in a geometric design. The internal
walls of the church have been stripped of plaster apart from the north transept and
a section of the north wall which retains its old plaster and traces of a C16 wall
painting of St Christopher.
Two 5-bay granite arcades. The north one has Pevsner A-type piers with moulded cup
capitals and 4-centred moulded arches. South arcade is similar but with shallower
simply moulded capitals. Taller arch has double 4-centre arched head. In south
wall is segmental headed granite doorway to former rood loft stairs. The original
wagon roofs appear to be complete with moulded ribs and carved bosses. carved'wall-
plates to north Chapel and transept. Wooden angel corbels may date from
restoration. Painted ceilure at east end of nave with original carved angels on
wall-plate. More elaborately carved roof to north chapel. Some C16 carved bench
ends survive in the nave and north aisle. Late C16 or early C17 5-sided panelled
pulpit with overhanging top richly carved on its soffit and supported on carved
brackets. The lectern is constructed from parts of the old screen. At the west end
of the nave is a pew constructed from decorated pieces of C17 panelling. Altar
rails are late C17 or early C18 with alternate barley-twist and fluted balusters and
central gate.
Square Norman font on 4 thick pillars at each corner and central stem. Cupola
shaped C18 font cover with ball finial. Several very good late C17 and early C18
wall memorials survive notably an elaborate one on the south wall to John Lethbridge
Gent. of Deckport (q.v.) in Hatherleigh parish, who died 1706. It has marble
pilasters and a broken pediment with a cherub to either side and heraldic shield at
its centre.
This church retains much of its medieval fabric and has an impressive interior.

Listing NGR: SS5411104596

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