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Church of St George

A Grade II* Listed Building in Morebath, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0153 / 51°0'54"N

Longitude: -3.4922 / 3°29'31"W

OS Eastings: 295423

OS Northings: 125047

OS Grid: SS954250

Mapcode National: GBR LH.JC42

Mapcode Global: FRA 36KF.K9G

Plus Code: 9C3R2G85+44

Entry Name: Church of St George

Listing Date: 5 April 1966

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1106898

English Heritage Legacy ID: 96772

Location: Morebath, Mid Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Morebath

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Morebath St George

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Parish church. Tower possibly C13, north aisle C15, restoration 1874-5 by
Butterfield (Thompson). Local stone rubble; slate roofs.
West tower, nave, chancel, north aisle, vestry against south wall of chancel, south
porch. The saddleback west tower may be C13 in origin but the top stage appears to
have been rebuilt by Butterfield, who also rewindowed the nave, complete set of circa
early C15 windows to the north aisle. The Butterfield restoration included new roofs
to nave and chancel, tiling, font, benches, pulpit and altar Bails and cost £2,000.
Exterior: The nave, chancel and lean-to south east vestry windows are 1874-5; single,
paired and triple cusped lancets. The north aisle is buttressed with a complete set
of early C15 granite windows, freestone to the interior, of a rather unusual
Perpendicular design, the east window of the aisle is a C19 copy. 3 stage saddle
back west tower with a narrow chamfered west doorway, a 3-light 1874-5 Decorated west
window and trefoil headed lancets to the belfry stage, 3 to the west and east faces,
2 to the north and south faces. Buttressed south porch, probably wholly 1874-5 with
a double chamfered outer doorway, north and south quatrefoil windows, a C19 arched
brace roof and a chamfered-inner doorway.
Interior: Plastered walls ; plain rounded tower arch ; chancel arch formed by tie
beam with plaster infill above. 5 bay arcade (1 bay to the chancel), the piers with
capitals only to the corner shafts, chamfered 2-centred arch into vestry. 1874
scissor-braced nave roof, co-eval canted ceiled wagon to the chancel with one main
truss. The exposed ribs, main truss and wallplate all have painted decoration. Late
medieval ceiled wagon to north aisle with moulded ribs and carved foliage bosses.
The fittings are mostly Butterfield except for a C20 reredos with panels of figure
carving, cresting and a co-eval altar. Tiling, communion rail with iron quatrefoils
and choir stalls with shaped ends and pierced quatrefoils. Timber drum pulpit on
some plinth with panels carved with quatrefoils ; nave benches with boldly shaped
ends. The most remarkable Butterfield fitting is the polished marble font with a
moulded bowl, cylindrical stem and 4 shafts on a moulded base.
Monuments: Several late C18 and early C19 wall monuments in north aisle.
Gloss: East window of north aisle 1875 signed O'Connor and Taylor; east window of
chancel and west window probably Gibbs designed Butterfield.
Devon Nineteenth Century Churches Project.

Listing NGR: SS9542325047

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