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Church of St Lawrence

A Grade I Listed Building in Clyst St. Lawrence, Devon

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Latitude: 50.7912 / 50°47'28"N

Longitude: -3.3823 / 3°22'56"W

OS Eastings: 302664

OS Northings: 99975

OS Grid: SY026999

Mapcode National: GBR LN.ZGY1

Mapcode Global: FRA 37T0.04X

Plus Code: 9C2RQJR9+F3

Entry Name: Church of St Lawrence

Listing Date: 30 June 1961

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1333709

English Heritage Legacy ID: 86804

Location: Clyst St. Lawrence, East Devon, Devon, EX15

County: Devon

Civil Parish: Clyst St. Lawrence

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Clyst St Lawrence

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Parish church. Probably Norman origins (the font is Norman), rebuilt in the C15.
Coursed blocks of purple-coloured volcanic ashlar, some of the blocks (particularly
at the base of the tower) are very large; Beerstone ashlar detail; slate roof.
Plan: small church. Nave with north porch, a narrower and lower chancel and tall
west tower. The tower dominates the church, an effect emphasized by the tower being
at the uphill end of the church.
Exterior: tall west tower of 3 stages with diagonal buttresses at the west end and
set back buttresses at the east end. It has an embattled parapet with moulding
coping and carved gargoyles. On the north side is a semi-hexagonal stair turret
which rises above the tower parapet and has its own embattled parapet and gargoyles
and is surmounted by a wrought iron weather vane. The stair turret is lit by small
quatrefoil lights and it includes a Beerstone image niche with a crocketted canopy
and carved base. It includes a statue of the Virgin and Child. It is very old and
maybe C15. The belfry windows are 2 lights with Perpendicular tracery. On the west
side is a 2-centred arch doorway with a moulded surround including a band of
fourleaf motifs and has a plain hoodmould. Above is a 3-light window with
Perpendicular tracery and plain hoodmould. On the south side a cinquefoil headed
lancet lights the ringing chamber. The south side of the nave has a 2-window front
of 3-light windows with Perpendicular tracery and plain hoods; there is another in
the-east end of the chancel and another on the north side (east end) of the nave.
The other window on the north side of the nave is a C16 or C17 2-light window of
volcanic stone; square-headed with a chamfered mullion. The C15 porch between the 2
windows is gabled and has a 2-centred (almost round-headed) outer arch with moulded
surround. The porch roof is original, a 2-bay ceiled wagon roof with chamfered
ribs. The church north doorway is a 2-centred arch with moulded surround. Above it
is a corbel, presumably for an image.
Interior: the nave has a good ceiled wagon roof with moulded ribs and purlins, good
carved oak bosses and carved openwork wall plate. The chancel roof is a plain
plaster vault of uncertain date. Tall tower arch with Beerstone panelled soffit
above imposts carved with foliage and featuring representations of the Green Man and
other men holding their mouths open with their tongues hanging out. The chancel
arch is a plain 2-centred arch and it is plastered over. The window embrasures have
moulded rear-arches and nook-shafts. The walls are plastered. The floor is tiled
and includes some C17 and C18 grave slabs.
The C19 altar table is flanked by probably C18 nowy-headed painted commandment
boards. The stalls are C19, oak and Gothic. There is remains of a good late C15
oak chancel screen. It is a 5-bay arcade missing its wainscotting and tracery.
However it has a good coved vault in Gothic style and 2 bands of the delicately-
carved frieze remain. It has C20 painted colour. C19 Gothic style lectern and
pulpit, the latter with fielded panels and crocketted pilasters on the corners. c19
plain pine benches. The Norman font is made from a single block of volcanic stone;
it is an unornamental girdled font of the simplest kind. The oak ogee font-cover is
C17. There is an C19 oil lamp in the nave and contemporary corona lucis in the
There are no memorials in the church apart from a probably C13 stone coffin cover
with a raised cross on it which is now fixed to the tower wall. Also in the tower
is a board painted with the arms of George II and a painting of the Doctrine of the
Blessed Trinity. There is some C19 coloured glass in the tracery.
Source: Devon SMR.

Listing NGR: SY0265799976

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