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Church of Holy Trinity

A Grade II Listed Building in Dunkeswell, Devon

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Latitude: 50.8896 / 50°53'22"N

Longitude: -3.2201 / 3°13'12"W

OS Eastings: 314276

OS Northings: 110726

OS Grid: ST142107

Mapcode National: GBR LW.S81H

Mapcode Global: FRA 464R.99R

Plus Code: 9C2RVQQH+VX

Entry Name: Church of Holy Trinity

Listing Date: 16 March 1988

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1308999

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86574

Location: Dunkeswell, East Devon, Devon, EX14

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Dunkeswell

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Dunkeswell St Nicholas

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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1/19 Church of Holy Trinity
Church, built on the site of Dunkeswell Abbey Church. 1842. Local stone and flint
rubble with Hamstone dressings and detail; slate roof.
Plan: nave with narrow south aisle, chancel, and west end porch and vestry. Single
phase church in Transitional style.
Exterior: the nave and chancel are under a continuous roof. Both gable-ends have
shaped kneelers and coping, the east end has an apex cross and the west end gable is
surmounted by a stone polygonal bellcote on corbels with a steeply-pitched spire-
like pyramid stone roof and apex cross. The corners have angle buttresses. There
are 5 windows on the north side and 4 on the south side, all lancets under a
continuous hoodmould. The west end porch contains a 2 centred arch with moulded
surround with hoodmould and block labels; it is flanked by double lancets. Above in
the gable is an oculus.
Interior: the soutn doorway is a 2-centred arch with a double-chamfered surround.
The nave has an open 4-bay roof of arch-braced trusses springing from stone corbels
carved with armorial devices. Tall chancel arcn has a chamfered surround. The 4-
bay arcade has octagonal-section columns witn capitals carved with stiff-leaf
decoration. The walls are plastered. The floor is tiled and includes, in the
sanctuary, an assemblage of medieval encaustic tiles from the old abbey church.
Reredos has a Gothic style Beerstone blind arcade. Plain oak altar rail, pulpit,
lectern, and prayer desk some with simple Gothic ornamentation. Pine benches.
Norman style Beerstone font with a large octagonal bowl with a band of fret pattern.
No memorials. However there is an ancient stone coffin which was discovered when
the church was built. It may be the coffin of the abbey founder, William Lord
Brewere, who was buried here in 1226. There are painted commandment and prayer
boards. The glass is original.
Source: Devon SMR and P. J. Weddell Dunkeswell, Devon Religious Houses Survey
Report No. 11. (1981)

Listing NGR: ST1427610726

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