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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade II Listed Building in Dartmouth, Devon

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Latitude: 50.3491 / 50°20'56"N

Longitude: -3.5785 / 3°34'42"W

OS Eastings: 287786

OS Northings: 51095

OS Grid: SX877510

Mapcode National: GBR QS.RJ75

Mapcode Global: FRA 38D3.TYP

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 23 February 1994

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1209842

English Heritage Legacy ID: 387300

Location: Dartmouth, South Hams, Devon, TQ6

County: Devon

District: South Hams

Civil Parish: Dartmouth

Built-Up Area: Dartmouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Dartmouth Townstal

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


673-1/8/183 (West side)
Church of St John the Baptist


Roman Catholic church. Nave 1868-9, chancel 1873-6 by JA
Hansom, architect. Local limestone rubble laid to rough
courses, Bathstone dressings (some replaced with concrete in
the late C20); slate roof.
PLAN: Church was built with No.20 (qv), the priest's house,
with a linking block making an overall U-plan. Nave is end
onto the street with apsidal western chancel. Gallery at
street end. Doorway into right (north) side from the link
block which runs along the street.
EXTERIOR: Minimal early Decorated style. Tall gable end on
chamfered plinth to street. 2-window front. Paired
trefoil-headed lancets to the lower level, taller lancets
above and roundel above them, all with tracery based on
trefoils. Image niche between the upper lancets with Gothic
canopy and pinnacles. Bathstone quoins and bands at window
sill and arch level although most replaced with concrete.
Front of the link block to right in same style. Doorway a
2-centred arch with hoodmould containing plank door with
Gothic-style ferramenta. Small lancet above lighting the steps
inside and presumably secondary gabled dormer above that.
Chancel has 2 arched, almost triangular-headed, windows with
tracery making 3 quatrefoils.
INTERIOR: Door into nave similar to external one. Nave has
plastered walls, floor of C20 plastic tiles and 4-bay roof of
open scissor-braced trusses. Tall chancel arch springing from
slender columns standing on corbels, and similar columns to
the ribbed roof of the chancel. Trefoil-headed arch to
piscina. Stone altar with blind Gothic arcade to marble
panels. Ornate Gothic-style reredos with carved figures in
niches either side of taller central niche with tall canopy
for the cross. Another similar, but less ornate, reredos
against south wall behind a plainer stone altar. C20 communion
rail. Plain joinery to the gallery and benches.
This modest church adds variety to an attractive street of
predominantly C19 architecture.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: P.324).

Listing NGR: SX8778651095

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