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Church of St Stephen

A Grade I Listed Building in Launceston, Cornwall

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Latitude: 50.6469 / 50°38'48"N

Longitude: -4.3709 / 4°22'15"W

OS Eastings: 232476

OS Northings: 85701

OS Grid: SX324857

Mapcode National: GBR NK.8R3B

Mapcode Global: FRA 17QC.JYR

Plus Code: 9C2QJJWH+PJ

Entry Name: Church of St Stephen

Listing Date: 27 February 1950

Last Amended: 7 June 1993

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1297830

English Heritage Legacy ID: 370083

Location: Launceston, Cornwall, PL15

County: Cornwall

Civil Parish: Launceston

Built-Up Area: Launceston

Traditional County: Cornwall

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Cornwall

Church of England Parish: Launceston

Church of England Diocese: Truro

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SX3285 ST STEPHEN'S HILL, St Stephen
660-1/3/222 (East side)
27/02/50 Church of St Stephen
(Formerly Listed as:
Church of St Stephen-by-Launceston)


Parish church. Norman chancel surviving from collegiate church
of Augustinian Priory founded 940AD which later moved to St
Thomas (qv); consecrated 1259 and extended 1419 and early C16,
restored 1883 by Hine and Odgers.
Granite ashlar 3-stage tower with setback buttresses,strings
dividing stages and embattled parapet with crocketted corner
pinnacles; also granite ashlar to remainder of west end and
south aisle up to and including porch, otherwise slatestone
rubble with granite or greenstone dressings; low-pitched roof
hidden by embattled parapets.
Plan: 4-bay nave; chancel; C16 west tower; south aisle shallow
S transept and 2-storey porch; north chancel chapel.
Exterior: C15 Perpendicular traceried windows with hoodmoulds,
most with 5 lights, to north wall. East wall of chancel has 2
blocked doorways or windows with niches and carved Norman
volcanic stone statues; seated Saviour, and Virgin and Child
probably from an Adoration of the Magi (Pevsner).
Tower has 5-light window over 2-centred arched doorway with
square hoodmould C17 studded oak door with angled random
planks; clockface to 2nd stage; 3-light window to each side of
upper stage. Porch has 4-centred arched doorway, also inner
doorway with original C15 or C16 studded door. C19 windows in
Perpendicular style to S aisle.
INTERIOR: skimmed walls; 4-bay Polyphant stone arcade with
square piers with demi shafts and 2 centred arches; another
bay to east of rood with more-complex moulded piers to S
transept, late C19 greenstone arch to N aisle. Late C19 oak
roof structure with squat 4-centred arched moulded tie-beam
trusses with trefoil-headed arcade above and moulded wall
plates and purlins; Norman arches visible to north and south
walls of chancel near C13 rear arches. Medieval holy water
stoup in porch.
Fittings: round Norman font of volcanic stone with 3 cabled
cornice to round shaft on moulded rings to square base;
cinquefoil headed aumbry niche to south wall of chancel; C18
holy water stoop in porch; medieval stone coffin at west end;
late C19 rood screen and late C19 pitch-pine pews with carved
oak ends including three C16 bench ends with quatrefoils;
elaborate late C19 pulpit.
Monuments: slate slab set into north wall to Digory Prior,
died 1631 with guilloche border and coat of arms; another to N
wall of chancel to John? Briers of Colacott, (q.v.) Werrington
parish, died 1615, with Corinthian end pilasters and scrolled
pediment; another to S transept dated 1667 with most of ornate
inscription; wall marble aedicule to S wall of aisle to John
Tripp, 1792-1864.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Cornwall: London:
1953-1970: P.200 & 201; Kelly's Directory: Directory of
Cornwall: 1902-: P.170, 171).

Listing NGR: SX3247985700

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