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Former Church of St Martin

A Grade II* Listed Building in North Tawton, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7935 / 50°47'36"N

Longitude: -3.8425 / 3°50'33"W

OS Eastings: 270233

OS Northings: 100945

OS Grid: SS702009

Mapcode National: GBR L1.Z6CR

Mapcode Global: FRA 26VZ.SZF

Plus Code: 9C2RQ5V4+CX

Entry Name: Former Church of St Martin

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1105369

English Heritage Legacy ID: 92947

Location: North Tawton, West Devon, Devon, EX17

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: North Tawton

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bow (or Nymet Tracey) with Broad Nymet

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 70 SW
7/64 Former Church of St Martin
Former church, now in use as agricultural store. Late C13 with C17 porch, restored
in 1983-4. Sandstone rubble walls. Gable ended Delabole slate roof.
Plan: simple rectangular plan with no division between nave and chancel. Small
porch added on south side in C17. Restored in 1983-4 leaving most of the structure
intact, only the porch being slightly altered.
Exterior: original fenestration is intact and consists of single light cusped
lancets on south side and 3-light lancet with pointed arched heads, central light
taller, at east end and to nave south window right of porch. Single storey porch to
left of centre on south side, originally had an elliptical arched wooden lintel to
outer doorway, this has been rebuilt in brick. The south doorway of the church was
rebuilt in the C17 and has a round-headed ovolo-moulded stone arch. C17 studded
plank door. At the west gable end a restored stone bellcote surmounts the apex with
a ball finial and wrought iron cross. Around the walls are irregularly spaced
putlog holes.
Interior: undecorated common rafter wagon roof survives which was at one time
plastered, it may not be original but is probably before 1600. Above the timbers
are rough pegged wooden boards forming a lining beneath the slates. Crenellated
wall-plates. The windows have deep internal splays with dressed quoins. The walls
inside have old plaster and limewash coating. No internal fittings survive.
This church originally served the ancient parish of Broad Nymet which consisted of
only 42 acres and was subsequently absorbed into North Tawton.
Unaltered small Early English Churches are particularly unusual and it is probaby
due to its change of use that this building survives as such.

Listing NGR: SS7023300945

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