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Church of St Matthias and Attached Forecourt Walls

A Grade II Listed Building in Plymouth, City of Plymouth

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Latitude: 50.378 / 50°22'40"N

Longitude: -4.1349 / 4°8'5"W

OS Eastings: 248300

OS Northings: 55302

OS Grid: SX483553

Mapcode National: GBR RCK.2N

Mapcode Global: FRA 2871.DY6

Plus Code: 9C2Q9VH8+62

Entry Name: Church of St Matthias and Attached Forecourt Walls

Listing Date: 1 May 1975

Last Amended: 9 November 1998

Grade: II

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1386290

English Heritage Legacy ID: 473675

Location: Drake, Plymouth, PL4

County: City of Plymouth

Electoral Ward/Division: Drake

Parish: Non Civil Parish

Built-Up Area: Plymouth

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Tagged with: Church building

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NORTH HILL (East side)
Church of St Matthias and attached forecourt walls

(Formerly Listed as: TAVISTOCK ROAD, Plymouth, Church of St Matthias)


Anglican church. 1887 by Hine and Odgers, paid for by Mrs Watts in memory of her husband, Matthias Watts. Roughly coursed dressed Plymouth limestone and Portland stone dressings; dry slate roof over nave and chancel; low-pitched roofs behind embattled parapets to aisles. STYLE: Perpendicular Gothic. PLAN: nave with clerestory, chancel, N and S aisles, S porch,S transept, NW vestry and W tower.

EXTERIOR: traceried windows with hoodmoulds: 7-light chancel E window; 4-light E window to vestry and 4-light S window to porch, otherwise mostly 3-light traceried windows with hoodmoulds. Embattled 2-stage tower, with strings dividing stages, has corner buttresses surmounted by panelled, embattled and crocketed pinnacles; tall bell stage with slender shafts between tall 2-light transomed louvred and traceried windows. Lower stage has 4-light traceried window over moulded pointed-arched doorway of 2 orders under blind traceried panelling. S porch has moulded 4-centred arched doorway with flanking crocketed pinnacles.

INTERIOR: walls of yellow Bath and red Mansfield stone. Fittings: pulpit and font of Devon marble by Hems; reredos by Fellowes Prynne, 891. Stained glass by Fouracre & Watson, the earliest E window 1890.

SUBSIDIARY FEATURES: dressed Plymouth limestone brought-to course forecourt walls with chamfered copings and projecting square-on-plan gate-piers with tapered caps. The tower is a prominent feature of the Plymouth skyline.

(The Buildings of England: Pevsner N: Devon: London: 1989: 644).

Listing NGR: SX4830055302

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