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Church of St Matthew

A Grade II Listed Building in Ilfracombe, Devon

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Latitude: 51.196 / 51°11'45"N

Longitude: -4.1685 / 4°10'6"W

OS Eastings: 248578

OS Northings: 146326

OS Grid: SS485463

Mapcode National: GBR KL.4V3D

Mapcode Global: VH3PV.P6MG

Plus Code: 9C3Q5RWJ+CH

Entry Name: Church of St Matthew

Listing Date: 15 June 1951

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1281875

English Heritage Legacy ID: 390138

Location: Ilfracombe, North Devon, Devon, EX34

County: Devon

District: North Devon

Civil Parish: Ilfracombe

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Lee St Matthew

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


853-1/1/147 Church of St Matthew


Anglican church. 1860, by John Hayward, incorporating some of
the fabric of a chapel of ease of 1833. Narrow coursed slate;
Welsh slate roofs. PLAN: nave with west porch and bellcote,
low but deep chancel. Very small, built into the hillside.
EXTERIOR: C13 style. 2-bay nave with 2-light plate tracery
windows and diagonal buttresses. West end with roundel
containing sunk quatrefoil; porch flanked by 2-light windows.
North side with square-headed 2-light windows.
INTERIOR: all over stencilling decorative scheme (fleur-de-lis
to chancel, framed roundels to nave). Roofs: nave with wide
boarded wagon, chancel has side purlins and wind braces. Tiled
floors. 3-bay stone reredos with trefoil-headed niches.
Seating of 1913. In addition to the C19 decoration, the
interior is notable for a large collection of re-used
early-C17 woodwork that must have been brought to the church
from a large house, and now forms bench and choir stall and
gallery frontals, pulpit, dado, and reading desk etc. Some
heraldic and figure work (a shield containing 3 Saracens'

Listing NGR: SS4857846326

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

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