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Church of St Mary

A Grade I Listed Building in Sampford Courtenay, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8086 / 50°48'31"N

Longitude: -3.947 / 3°56'49"W

OS Eastings: 262913

OS Northings: 102817

OS Grid: SS629028

Mapcode National: GBR KW.Y9XG

Mapcode Global: FRA 26MY.N42

Plus Code: 9C2RR353+F5

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105288

English Heritage Legacy ID: 93052

Location: Sampford Courtenay, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Sampford Courtenay

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Honeychurch St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 60 SW
5/169 Church of St Mary
Church, originally served the parish of Honeychurch, now part of Sampford Courtenay
parish. C12 fabric with C15 additions. Stone rubble walls, roughly coursed to
tower - of which the top stage is roughcast. Gabled slate roof.
Plan: nave and chancel with west tower and south porch. The C12 church comprised
the present small nave and chancel. In the C15 they were re-roofed, the west tower
was added and in the late C15 or early C16 the seating inserted and the south porch
Exterior: 2 stage crenellated west tower with set-back buttresses extending almost
upto the top. Granite west doorway with 4-centred arched head and triple hollow
moulding. West window of debased Perpendicular style - 3 lights with segmental
heads. One and 2-light belfry openings with pointed heads. Shallow rectangular
stair projection on north side of tower. North side of nave has late C15 3-light
granite mullion window which has 4-centred heads and square hoodmould. C19 buttress
between nave and chancel. C20 granite east window of 3-lights. On south side
chancel has 4-centred arched granite priest's door. Above it is possibly original
lancet window with 4-centred head. Nave has C15 3-light granite and limestone
mullion window with cinquefoil heads and square hoodmoulds. Similar 2-light window
of red sandstone to west of porch. 1 storey gabled south porch with replaced
segmental headed wooden lintel to plain doorway which has C19 wrought iron gate with
fleur de lys finial and reeded iron post to either side.
Interior: pointed 4-centred granite south doorway with double hollow chamfer and
early studded plank door. Chancel arch is of granite, moulded with 4-centred head
and moulded imposts. Tower arch has chamfered stone jambs and recessed chamfered 4-
centred arch. Windows have chamfered rear arches. On north wall of nave is a small
recess with rounded head and chamfered granite surround. Small piscina on south
wall of nave. To either side of south doorway is a C20 carved granite corbel in the
form of a human mask. The tub front is also C12 and has cable and chevron carving.
It has an early C17 cupola shaped font cover.
The medieval benches survive on the north side of the aisle and to the west of the
doorway - they are of very simple and crude construction although the 3 nearest the
chancel have carved ends with trefoil-headed panels. To the east of the doorway are
C18 box pews. Good circa early Cl7 panelled wooden pulpit with decorative floral
carving to the top panels and a geometric design carved on the underside of the
integral lecturn. Simple late C17 or early C18 altar rails with turned balusters
and a gate with inverted segmental top.
C15 wagon roof whose ribs and wall-plates have 4-petal flower carving, also carved
Dosses. Porch roof totally renewed. The internal walls retain their old plaster
and on the north wall are extensive remains of mural painting depicting the coat of
arms of Elizabeth I with now illegible inscription below in Gothic script.
One late C18 marble wall memorial to members of the Dunning family.
This is a remarkable survival of a small medieval church which has virtually escaped
C19 and C20 restoration and whose interior in particular has almost been untouched
since the C17 retaining a unique charm.
Source: Church Guide - W. G. Hoskins

Listing NGR: SS6291202815

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