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Latitude: 50.5074 / 50°30'26"N
Longitude: -3.6146 / 3°36'52"W
OS Eastings: 285600
OS Northings: 68753
OS Grid: SX856687
Mapcode National: GBR QR.7F0F
Mapcode Global: FRA 379Q.CML
Entry Name: Church of St Mary
Listing Date: 23 August 1955
Source: Historic England
Source ID: 1334113
English Heritage Legacy ID: 84707
Location: Abbotskerswell, Teignbridge, Devon, TQ12
Civil Parish: Abbotskerswell
Built-Up Area: Abbotskerswell
Traditional County: Devon
Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon
Church of England Parish: Abbotskerswell The Blessed Virgin Mary
Church of England Diocese: Exeter
SX 86 NE ABBOTSKERSWELL ABBOTSKERSWELL
3/3 Church of St Mary
Parish Church. C13 fabric to chancel; nave, aisle and tower C15, restored by
Butterfield in 1881-3. Limestone/red sandstone rubble walls with granite, red
sandstone, Bathstone and Beerstone dressings. Gable ended slate roofs to chancel,
nave, aisle and porch.
C13 chancel. In C15 the nave was rebuilt and the south aisle and chapel and west
tower were added. In 1881-3 the Church was heavily restored and the south porch
rebuilt by Butterfield. 3-stage battlemented west tower with chamfered plinth and
diagonal buttresses. Central pentagonal stair turret on south side which has 2
arched slit openings, one square-headed at the top. Arched heads to 2-light belfry
openings, 1-light beside stair turret. West doorway has original granite 4-centred
arched frame, chamfered, with scratch moulding on its face. Worn limestone arched
architrave. Restored 4-light west window with Perpendicular tracery.
All 4 windows on north aisle are restored the outer 2 in Bathstone, the centre 2 in
Beerstone. 2-light restored west window to aisle in Bathstone. Aisle has
intermediate and diagonal buttresses. Both east windows are 3-light C19
restorations in Bathstone. chancel is unbuttressed without plinth. In the north
wall is a single light C13 lancet with chamfered red sandstone frame. On south wall
of chancel at east end is C15 volcanic stone 3-light Perpendicular window with
chamfered mullions and hoodmoulds. To its left is C15 priest's door with 4-centred
arched chamfered frame in red sandstone blocks. To the west of it is late C15/early
C16 3-light granite mullion window with 4-centred hoodmould. Beyond it is demi-
hexagonal rood stair turret.
The nave has another C15 Perpendicular 3-light window, this one in granite with
moulded mullions and frame. To the left is C19 restored Perpendicular window in Bath
stone. Nave and aisle have no discernible plinth. The south porch was considerably
restored in C19 and neither of the Beerstone arched doorways appear to be original.
It has offset buttresses with quatrefoil decoration above outer doorway and
incorporate some older pieces of carved stone to either side and above which are
possibly armorial bearings.
Interior: 4 bay arcade of granite Pevsner Type A piers to north side with Beer
stone foliage capitals and moulded 4-centred arches. Rendered tower arch with semi-
circular head and chamfered imposts. Blocked limestone arched doorway to right of
south doorway suggests that there was formerly a 2-storeyed porch to whose stairs
this originally led.
In east wall of north chapel is piscina with semi-circular arched opening and
surviving drain. Piscina in south wall of chancel has very worn arched surround.
Built into the south chancel window is badly mutilated worn larger than life-size
medieval statue of the Virgin Mary which was discovered during the restoration.
C15 rood screen, partially restored, extends across nave and aisle with the coving
replaced by flat plain panels. Pevsner type A tracery with running vine motif to
cornice. Circa early C16 parclose screen, also partially restored; castellated with
Tudor arch to doorway. The wagon roofs are all late C19 reconstructions.
Plain octagonal C15 granite font.
On the tower floor is ledger-stone dated 1725 to John Wotton.
Listing NGR: SX8560068753
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