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Church of St Andrew

A Grade I Listed Building in Hittisleigh, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7448 / 50°44'41"N

Longitude: -3.7962 / 3°47'46"W

OS Eastings: 273367

OS Northings: 95445

OS Grid: SX733954

Mapcode National: GBR QF.6GHJ

Mapcode Global: FRA 27Y3.LX8

Entry Name: Church of St Andrew

Listing Date: 26 August 1965

Last Amended: 20 May 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1273398

English Heritage Legacy ID: 445091

Location: Hittisleigh, Mid Devon, Devon, EX6

County: Devon

District: Mid Devon

Civil Parish: Hittisleigh

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Hittisleigh St Andrew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


5/160 Church of St Andrew


Small parish church. Norman origins. Late C13 nave and chancel, late C15 tower,
early C16 north aisle and refurbishment of nave and chancel, nave roof and south
porch possibly late C16; restoration in 1914, refurnished in 1926, restoration
1967. Nave, chancel and north aisle of Drewsteignton rubble including some
granite, volcanic and red sandstone; granite dressings and tracery (restored with
Beer stone): south porch of volcanic and granite ashlar and tower of large coursed
blocks of volcanic and granite ashlar. Slate roofs. Some early Decorated work but
most late. Perpendicular. Plan comprises nave and chancel under continuous roof;
north aisle and chapel under a parallel roof; west tower and small south porch.
Relatively large and little restored west tower of 2 stages with diagonal
buttresses with offsets to ground and first stage, embattled parapet and crocketted
pinnacles. It has 2-light belfry windows on each face with elliptical heads and,
in west face, a round-headed door with hoodmould and a 3-light Perpendicular window
above with granite tracery and hoodmould (the lower drip mould is carried round top
of window). North side has series of tiny slit windows to newel stair. Most
windows to nave, chancel and aisle are early C16, square-headed granite windows
with round-headed lights, hollow-chamfered surrounds and sunk spandrels. South
wall of nave/chancel raised up (see quoins at east end). The small porch has
rounded arch, kneelers with coping to gable end, ceiled roof with moulded ridge and
wall plates and stone seats each side. Irregular fenestration to nave and chancel.
To left of porch early C16 2-light window. To right of porch C20 restored
Beerstone 2-light window with cinquefoil heads and hoodmould; early C16 windows, 1-
and 2-lights, further right; then small priest's door to chancel with round head
made from single slab of granite; and, at right (east) end, a primitive 2-light
early Decorated window with plate-like granite tracery punched through wall
surface. East corner has massive granite quoins. East chancel window is another
early C16 3-light window with red sandstone hoodmould and relieving arch over. C20
restored gable with sandstone kneelers and coping and finial with cross fleuree.
East window of north chapel is arch-headed with simple Perpendicular tracery, 2
granite mullions with round heads to outer lights; hoodmould over. 3-window north
aisle of early C16 granite 3-light windows with hoodmoulds.
Interior: South door is plain chamfered, almost rounded, arch with early C20 door.
Continuous ceiled wagon roofs over north aisle and north chapel, and nave and
chancel. North aisle/chapel is early C16 with moulded ribs to aisle and carved
ribs to chapel with break between marked by a more ornately curved truss; carved
oak bosses through and wall plates carved as fern leaves. Nave/chancel is probably
late C16 with ovolo-moulded ribs with straight cut stops. The only carved bosses
mark break between nave and chancel. Northern wall plate rests awkwardly on series
of corbels and roof is lower than tower arch suggesting that it replaced a medieval
roof. 4-bay granite arcade to north aisle (the fourth arch between chancel and
north chapel) on slender moulded piers (Pevsner's Cornish A type) with undecorated
capitals. Tall plain tower arch with double-chamfered arch ring. Late C16-early
C17 belfry floor of moulded intersecting beams. Flagged floor in nave and aisle
includes several C16 and C17 grave slabs, one dated 1568. A slab with inscribed
cross is set in centre of chancel floor in front of altar rail. It depicts a type
of cross Botonee in crude perspective and is flanked by gravestones of John Pulton
(died 1601) and his son Samuel Pulton (died 1654) both former rectors. Black
basalt Norman font positioned in rear arch of arcade. Square step and thin square
base with shallow ring mouldings of almost water-holding section; plain drum shaft
of 3 blocks and square top with large single incised zig-zags on its outward-
sloping faces; circular lead-lined tub hollowed out. Box pews replaced 1926 but 2
are retained in north chapel with relatively plain oak-panelled sides and inscribed
'This was built at the cost of Thomas Furse of Eastchurch, Gent, 1610'. Other
furnishings are late C19-early C20 including mahogany handrail on wrought iron
posts and brass lectern. All mural monuments have been removed but painted arms of
George III dated 1819 in north aisle.

Listing NGR: SX7336695445

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

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