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Church of St Michael

A Grade II* Listed Building in Meeth, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8558 / 50°51'20"N

Longitude: -4.0642 / 4°3'51"W

OS Eastings: 254805

OS Northings: 108287

OS Grid: SS548082

Mapcode National: GBR KQ.VJ6M

Mapcode Global: FRA 26CV.4GC

Plus Code: 9C2QVW4P+88

Entry Name: Church of St Michael

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1308852

English Heritage Legacy ID: 93295

Location: Meeth, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Meeth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Meeth St Michael and All Angels

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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SS 50 NW
3/180 Church of St Michael
Parish Church. Some Norman fabric with C14 and C15 additions, restored and extended in
1893. Stone rubble walls with some large dressed granite blocks to tower. Gable
ended slate roof. Vestry has projecting gable end rubble stack with octagonal stone
ashlar crenellated shaft.
Plan: nave, chancel, west tower, south porch and vestry to north of chancel. The nave
is probably basically a Norman structure judging from its south doorway and a window
in its north wall. The chancel may date from the same time but was extended and
refitted in the restoration of 1893 when the vestry was added on its north side. The
west tower may be a C14 addition and the south porch was built in the C15.
Exterior: 3 stage crenellated tower with plain pinnacles and no buttresses. No west
doorway. 2-light granite mullion window on first stage with segmental heads.
Rectangular stair projection on north side which extends only half way up the tower.
At west end of north wall of nave is probably C20 roundheaded lancet window with
chamfered stone surround. Vestry projects in small wing from north side of chancel.
3-light Perpendicular style east window dating from 1893 restoration, with buttress
below it. On south side of chancel is restored square-headed 2-light window and a 3-
light Perpendicular style restored window to its west. Shallow rectangular rood stair
projection between them. C15 gabled single storey south porch has granite 4-centred
double roll- and hollow-moulded arched doorway with incised scroll stops and
Interior: porch has patterned cobbled floor with date 1818 outlined in design. Partly
restored wagon roof with moulded ribs, carved bosses and crenellated wall plate with
high relief carving on it. Plain C12 south doorway with double roundheaded arch,
outer one chamfered with high relief carved balls and stars around the top. Plain
jambs with imposts. Plain pointed tower arch. C15 wagon roof to nave has moulded
ribs, carved bosses of various designs and trailing foliage design wall-plates.
Chancel has restored boarded wagon roof. C17 semi-octagonal panelled pulpit. Square
Norman font with 4 moulded corner shafts and central stem. It has a C17 wooden
pyramidal cover with finial. On the north wall is a good plaster relief of the royal
arms which has a pediment above and column to either side. Inscription at bottom
reads "Hanibal Jerman and John Tawton. Church wardens in 1704". Slate wall memorial
in tower dated 1611 to Elizabeth Hitchins. Slate wall memorial on south wall of nave
to Samuel Jerman, died 1758 detailing below how he left money for charity.
This is a very simple church but it has some good quality detail and the C19
restoration has added to rather than detracted from the building.
Source: Kelly's Directory - 1906.

Listing NGR: SS5480508287

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