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Church of St John the Baptist

A Grade I Listed Building in Witheridge, Devon

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Latitude: 50.9181 / 50°55'5"N

Longitude: -3.7039 / 3°42'13"W

OS Eastings: 280326

OS Northings: 114570

OS Grid: SS803145

Mapcode National: GBR L6.QKHS

Mapcode Global: FRA 364P.0W2

Plus Code: 9C2RW79W+7F

Entry Name: Church of St John the Baptist

Listing Date: 20 February 1967

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1305506

English Heritage Legacy ID: 97476

Location: Witheridge, North Devon, Devon, EX16

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Witheridge

Built-Up Area: Witheridge

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Witheridge with Creacombe

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 81 SW Witheridge
9/73 Church of St John the
20.2.67 Baptist
Anglican parish church. Circa 1500, restored 1841 and 1884. Coursed local rubble,
freestone dressings, slated roofs, coped verges, some lead-sheeting roofs.
Plan: nave, chancel, north and south aisles, south porch, small south porch to
chancel, 1884 north vestry, west tower of 1841. Mostly Perpendicular style,
Victorian work of Gothic style.
Exterior: lofty 3-stage Perpendicular tower with set-back buttresses rising to the
third stage, this rebuilt in 1841, embattleu parapet, large corner pinnacles on
square bases, small semi-circular head bell-chamber windows with louvres, labels,
similar windows to the ringing-chamber stage, small semi-circular headed 3-light
west window, semi-circular heads to the lights, semi-circular head west doorway,
blocked with small 2-light windows inserted in 1884. 4-bay south aisle, all 3-light
Perpendicular windows with tracery replaced 1841, parapets to the main body of the
building replaced also at this time; polygonal stair-turret to the east giving
access to the former rood loft, tiny foiled stairlight. South porch with diagonal
buttresses, embattled parapet with 3 large pinnacles (C19). 4-bay north aisle is
Perpendicular. Simple vestry with chimney dated:- "1884", reused C13 2-light
window. Single bay chancel, C13 2-light window reset to the south, large 3-light
C19 east window with reticulated tracery. Scratch dial on south wall; priest's
door to south with a neo-Perpendicular type porch, probably 1841. Main entrance to
interior with a good 4-centred arch head with carved ornamental spandrels, ribbed
and studded door.
Interior: plastered walls with colourwash, nave and 2 aisles with 4-bay quite tall
arcades; the piers of Pevsners B-type with "standard capitals". Squint from the
south aisle chancel arch. Ceiled wagon roof in the nave. Perpendicular font,
octagonal, richly decorated with quatrefoils. Perpendicular-stone pulpit with
figures in narrow panels under ogee canopies. In one panel a Crucifixion. C19 pews
with plain bench ends. Some windows with C19 stained glass. Some plain C19

Listing NGR: SS8032714568

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