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South Hams (District Authority)
West Alvington
National Grid Reference:
SX 72391 43876


WEST ALVINGTON MAIN STREET SX 74 SW 5/202 Church of All Saints 26.1.67

G.V. I

Parish church. C13 origins remodelled in C15, restored in 1866-7. Roughly coursed slate stone rubble walls. Gable ended slate roof to nave and chancel. Plan: some C13 fabric preserved in chancel judging from piscina but the nave, narrow north and south aisles, tower and porch date largely from the C15. The south chapel housed the Ilbert family pew (q.v. Bowringsleigh). A C19 vestry projects to the north of the chancel and the C19 restoration included the roofs and screen and reseating. Exterior: West tower is of 3 stages with crenellated parapet and crocketted pinnacles. Set-back buttresses. 2-light cinquefoiled belfry lights probably restored. C15 2-centred arched west doorway with roll and hollow moulding. Perpendicular window above. North aisle has stone parapet with moulded cornice and is 6 bays long with buttresses between the windows and a 5-sided stair projection between chapel and aisle. Large 4-light Perpendicular windows, some retaining original tracery, others restored. Gabled vestry projects from chancel. East window is early C20 in Perpendicular style. 3-light window on south side of chancel retains its probably C15 tracery. Small priest's door with 2-centred head. Windows to south aisle are late Perpendicular in character but probably restored, they have buttresses in between. Both the south aisle and the 2 storeyed porch are crenellated. Large roundheaded roll and hollow moulded doorway has an image niche above containing the figures of a bishop and a swan. Single light window above. Interior: porch has C20 flat beamed ceiling. Stone seats either side and image niche in left-hand wall. Beyond it is a small doorway with shouldered head to room above. Large south doorway has 4-centred head with roll and hollow moulding. The internal walls of the church have had their plaster stripped. Two identical 6 bay arcades of Beerstone with Pevsner A-type piers which have carved capitals, and 4-centred arches. At the east end of each arcade is a 5-sided rubble pier set against the well, 4-centred tower arch with double-chamfered head and projecting imposts. C15 rood screen heavily restored and with its sections to the aisles missing the coving and cornice, but retaining traces of original colour. The wagon roof over the nave, if not completely renewed, is at least heavily restored and the same applies to the flat timber roofs of the aisles. In the chancel is a C13 trefoil-headed piscina and aumbry with chamfered arch over. Good C15 chest tomb of Purbeck marble set into north well of chancel with decorated canopy above and outlines of removed brasses at the back.. It may be to a member of the Bowering family. Also good wall memorial on north well to William Bastard, who died 1700. A marble plaque has cherubs heads above and below and high relief foliage and fruit down either side flanked by Corinthian columns with broken pediment and heraldic shield above. Late medieval octagonal font with carved panels to bowl.

Sources: White's Directory of Devon 1878 Beatrix Cresswell's Churches in the Deanery of Woodleigh

Listing NGR: SX7239143876


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Books and journals
Cresswell, B F, Notes on Devon Churches in the Deanery of Woodleigh, (1923)
'Whites Directory' in Whites Directory, (1878)


This building is listed under the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 as amended for its special architectural or historic interest.

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Date: 13 Jun 2001
Reference: IOE01/04460/23
Rights: Copyright IoE Mr J. Barry Day. Source Historic England Archive
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