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Church of Holy Trinity

A Grade I Listed Building in West Down, Devon

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Latitude: 51.1582 / 51°9'29"N

Longitude: -4.1229 / 4°7'22"W

OS Eastings: 251646

OS Northings: 142024

OS Grid: SS516420

Mapcode National: GBR KN.77CM

Mapcode Global: VH4MJ.H48Z

Plus Code: 9C3Q5V5G+7V

Entry Name: Church of Holy Trinity

Listing Date: 25 February 1965

Last Amended: 14 November 1985

Grade: I

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1366233

English Heritage Legacy ID: 98462

Location: West Down, North Devon, Devon, EX34

County: Devon

Civil Parish: West Down

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: West Down St Calixtus

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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West Down
4/215 Church of Holy Trinity (formerly listed
25.2.65 as Parish Church of St Calixtus)


Parish Church, C13 nave and south transept, C14 north transept. Chancel entirely
rebuilt 1675. West tower entirely rebuilt 1712. Restored 1874 by William White.
Rubble with larger roughly dressed stonework to tower. Slate roofs with crested
ridge tiles and coped gable ends. Cruciform plan. Tower of 3 stages with setback
buttresses and embattled parapet with corner pinnacles. Pointed arched
bellopenings with 2 trefoil-headed lights on each side. West window of 2-light
trefoil-headed lights above pointed arch doorway with double roll-moulded surround
and C19 door. Single light window in second stage. Plaque on south side records
'The Tower was taken down to foundations in 1711 and rebuilt 1712. South side of
nave has 3-light window and C13 2-light lancets with hoodmould. C19 pointed arch
to south porch doorway with corbels to inner arch. C19 roof. C13 plain chamfered
pointed arched inner doorway with C19 plank door. To right above porch is 2-light
window with hoodmould. 2 square-headed windows to north side of nave each with 2
trefoil-headed lights and hoodmould each side of buttress. Blocked C13 pointed
arched north doorway to left. South transept has 3 stepped lancets to south side.
Hollow-moulded pointed arched doorway to west side. Single lancet to east side and
tiny lancet in the squint across the angle of transept and chancel. 2-light
chancel window to left with hoodmould and round-arched single-light window to right
flanking blocked pointed arched doorway with plaque above, recording chancel was
"Rebuilded in 1675". 3-light east window. Single trefoil-headed light to east
wall of vestry and 2 trefoil-headed lights on north side. North transept north
wall has an early C14 3-light window with ogee reticulation and pointed hoodmould
with label stops. 2 trefoil-headed light window with hoodmould on east side.
Interior: Plain unmoulded round arched tower arch. Unmoulded pointed arch to
south transept, double-hollow chamfered arch to north transept. Pointed chancel
arch with engaged colonnettes with lipped capitals and corbelled hoodmould to each
face. C19 roof to nave with intermediate arch-braced trusses with carved bosses
half way up the arches. Unusual north transept roof, open wagon-roof of trefoil
section with moulded central rib. Arch-braced C19 roof to south transept.
Chancel roof has 3 trusses similar to those in north transept, but also purlins,
ashlar pieces and corbelled out wall-posts, moulded pointed arches to south
transeptal squint. Semi-elliptical moulded arched recess to north wall of north
transept with ball flower ornamentation in the moulding and with label stops,
contains wooden effigy to Sir John Stowford in attitude of prayer dressed in robes
of Sergeant at Law. Cinquefoil cusped piscina in chancel. Carved C19 wooden
reredos with painted commandment boards. C19 nave furnishings Romanesque font,
square bowl on squat round stem and octagonal base. Weathered stone crest on west
wall of south transept. Wall monument on north wall of nave to Isaac family Cl7
restored 1881 with original painted decoration. Broken-scrolled pediment with two
frontal demi-figures holding hands in double-arched recess.

Listing NGR: SS5164742029

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