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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Northlew, Devon

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Latitude: 50.762 / 50°45'43"N

Longitude: -4.117 / 4°7'1"W

OS Eastings: 250788

OS Northings: 97959

OS Grid: SX507979

Mapcode National: GBR NX.1BBL

Mapcode Global: FRA 2782.7XH

Plus Code: 9C2QQV6M+Q5

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 22 February 1967

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1326285

English Heritage Legacy ID: 94247

Location: Northlew, West Devon, Devon, EX20

County: Devon

District: West Devon

Civil Parish: Northlew

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Northlew St Thomas of Canterbury

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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3/35 Church of St. Mary

Redundant parish church. Late C16/early C17 Tower, the rest of the church totally
rebuilt in 1871-2 for Henry Wollcombe Archdeacon of Barnstaple. Coursed volcanic
stone rubble walls. Gable end slate roof with C19 decorative ridge tiles.
Plan comprises nave, chancel, west tower and south porch. The tower is late
C16/early C17 the remainder was rebuilt, reputedly on the plan of the original
church, in 1871-2 in Decorated style.
2 stage tower with diagonal buttresses, battlemented with 4 obelisk pinnacles.
Chamfered plinth. 2-light belfry openings which are square-headed. Round-headed
west doorway has hollow and roll mouldings terminating in scrolled head stops. At
the apex is a keystone with carved stone mask which may be re-used. 2-light window
above has 4-centred heads with recessed spandrels and a hoodmould which is peaked at
the centre. There are 2 small arched stair lights on the north side chamfered
The rest of the church is C19 with a chancel lower than the nave. The name has 2 2-
light windows on each side which have plate tracery. On the south side the chancel
has a single cinquefoiled light with a trefoiled light to its right, on the north
side it only has a cinquefoiled light. Below it is re-used granite 4-centred arched
priest's door. The east window has plate tracery. Single storey gabled south porch
has 2-centred arched doorway.
Interior: The Tower arch is roundheaded with a chamfer and dropped keystone. The
C19 interior is simple but with some decorative detail such as the corbel stones of
carved foliage design on which the chancel arch rests. Exposed roof of paired
common rafters with collars and collar purlin, and arch-braced principal rafters.
The C19 fittings are fairly intact including trestle benches. Re-set in the tower
are 3 C17 memorial slabs and one of 1595 to Arthur Strowde.
This church retains an unusually late tower and the rest, despite being rebuilt in
the late C19, is well-designed with some simple but pleasing detail.
Source: Beatrix Cresswell - Churches in the Deanery of Okehampton

Listing NGR: SX5078897959

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