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Church of St Sabinus (Woolacombe Church)

A Grade II* Listed Building in Woolacombe, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1728 / 51°10'21"N

Longitude: -4.2024 / 4°12'8"W

OS Eastings: 246134

OS Northings: 143808

OS Grid: SS461438

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.6K6L

Mapcode Global: VH3PV.3SQB

Entry Name: Church of St Sabinus (Woolacombe Church)

Listing Date: 14 November 1985

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1162825

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98450

Location: Mortehoe, North Devon, Devon, EX34

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Mortehoe

Built-Up Area: Woolacombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Woolacombe St Sabinus

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


3/203 Church of St Sabinus
- (Wollacombe Church)

- II*

Parish Church. 1910 (north aisle completed 1965) by Caroe. Squared sandstone
rubble with stone dressings. Delabole slate roofs with gable ends. Nave and
chancel both with narrow aisles, flat-roofed to north, and asymmetrical placed
transeptal squat tower with saddleback roof, gableted to south side. Single-storey
with rooms in undercroft at west end. Buttresses with weatherings flank window
openings, most of which have gentle ogee-arched lights and ferramenta. North and
south walls have three 4-light windows. 2 single light windows at west end of
south side, that to left is stair light to basement steps in angle of west end of
south aisle and western extension of nave with separate hipped slate roof, that to
right above projecting porch with gabled slate roof with single light window to
front and blocked side door. 2-light bell-opening to sides and 3-light bell-
opening to south front of tower with doorway to east side. Chancel end of south
side has 2-light window, then 2 quatrefoil windows and single light window to
right. Additional 3-light window to north side at east end and clerestory gabled
window of 4 lights with cusped heads and planted timber framing above. Large
parapeted north porch with 2 single-light windows to north side and pointed arched
doorway to east with cavetto-moulded surround with pyramid stops. Framed and
ledged inner door with ogee-style arch to doorway. 5-light east window with carved
stone panel inset above. West window of 3 lights, stepped with relieving arch.
Plaque on buttress below and to right of 4-light basement window recording
foundation stone laid in 1910 by Lady Chichester.
Impressive Interior: Wide nave with narrow aisles and 4-centred arched arcades
with piers of square section with hollow chamfers and pyamid stops, 4 bays to each
side, the west end bay is blind to north side and additional short bay at west end
of south side. The chancel has 3-bay arcades with oak posts of square section
stained green, supporting segmental arches. Fine roof structure to chancel and
nave, waggon roof to chancel with carved corbel bosses at east end. Elaborate
chancel/nave truss and 10 other arch-braced trusses to nave with moulded soffits,
each intermediate truss with corbelled wall-posts. Sedilia with quatrefoil windows
to chancel of 2 seats and piscina to left with scalloped base and tower door at
east end of aisle all square-headed with dropped keystones. Elaborate wooden
chancel screen with grille, ogee-headed to centre with carved coving and rood.
Octagonal front 1916 with fleuron ornamentation. Pulpit 1914. Stained glass by
Nicholson Studios and by Kempe.

Listing NGR: SS4613443808

This text is from the original listing, and may not necessarily reflect the current setting of the building.

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