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Church of St Mary Blessed Virgin

A Grade II* Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.3885 / 50°23'18"N

Longitude: -4.0584 / 4°3'30"W

OS Eastings: 253771

OS Northings: 56319

OS Grid: SX537563

Mapcode National: GBR Q0.STNL

Mapcode Global: FRA 28D0.LRL

Plus Code: 9C2Q9WQR+CJ

Entry Name: Church of St Mary Blessed Virgin

Listing Date: 29 March 1960

Last Amended: 9 November 1998

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386222

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473606

Location: Plympton Erle, Plymouth, PL7

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Plympton Erle

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

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SX5356SE MARKET ROAD, Plympton
740-1/40/433 (East side)
29/03/60 Church of St Mary Blessed Virgin
(Formerly Listed as:
Church of St Mary Blessed Virgin)


Priory chapel, later a parish church. C14 chancel and E end of
N aisles, otherwise C15. Granite ashlar W tower, ashlar for
outer aisles and porches, otherwise limestone rubble with
limestone dressings; dry slate roofs with embattled parapets
and coped gable ends.
PLAN: nave; chancel; N and S aisles and shorter outer aisles;
N porch and 2-storey S porch; and W tower.
EXTERIOR: plinth, buttressed bays to aisles with parapet
cornice, carved gargoyles and buttress pinnacles; C14 windows
to E ends of N aisles and chancel, otherwise mostly C15 or
restored Perpendicular windows, most of 3 lights, all with
tracery and hoodmoulds. S porch has stepped cusped niches
surrounding 2-light cusped window, the upper niche with statue
of the Trinity; below the window is the crest of the Strode
family, who settled at Newham, near Plympton in 1394, all
above a virtually round-arched moulded doorway with carved
spandrels and square hoodmould. At E end of S aisle is
pointed-arched doorway and the springing of a relieving arch
by adjacent window. N porch has moulded 2-centred arched
doorway with moulded hood, carved spandrels and moulded
parapet cornice above; C19 panelled and boarded door. 3-stage
embattled tower has offset corner buttresses terminating as
pinnacles near top of upper stage; strings dividing stages and
the corners surmounted by octagonal pinnacles with battlements
and crockets; 3-light louvred windows to upper stage and clock
face under to N and S sides. The W side has 2-light window to
top of 2nd stage and 3-light window over moulded
pointed-arched doorway with carved spandrels and square
INTERIOR: aisle arcades with 4-centred arches and piers of
standard A (Pevsner) type, the piers of the outer aisles are
granite; C14 piscina, and stone vault with lierne ribs over
the entrance within the S porch.
FITTINGS: C15 octagonal font; late C19 reredos by JD Sedding.
STAINED GLASS: some glass to outer S aisle by Burlison &
Grylls and glass at E end of N aisle and W end of S aisle by
Clayton & Bell.

MONUMENTS: altar slab from priory in S porch; medieval tomb
lid with cross to outer N aisle and chest tomb to Richard
Strode, d.1464, with figures of mourners and effigy with
armour, the top with ogee arches and horizontal cresting;
simpler effigy in recess to S chancel aisle probably to
William Courtenay of Loughtor; large tripartite wall monument
with Ionic columns and family group to Sir William Strode,
died 1637; cast stone monument to W Seymour, died 1801 by
Coade & Sealy; monument with 2 white putto leaning against an
obelisk with figure of a boy to Viscount Boringdon who died
1817 aged 11, by FN Delaistre, 1819, and monument with profile
head to Richard Rosdew, d.1837, by Chantrey.
(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989-:

Listing NGR: SX5377156319

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