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Mid Devon (District Authority)
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ST 01 SE UFFCULME BRIDGE STREET, (east side) Uffculme 4/156 Parish Church of St Mary 5.4.66 - II* Parish church. North arcade and tower arch early C14 as also (probably) the masonry of the north wall and parts of the chancel; north aisle east extension and south aisle arcade are probably contemporary with the rood screen which is generally accepted as being early C15. Except for a few details, nothing else appears to be medieval; north aisle and nave roofs C18, chancel roof and furnishings 1843; outer south aisle added by John Hayward 1846-7; the west tower and spire rebuilt, using some medieval material, 1849, probably under the direction of Hayward. Coursed rubble limestone; slate roof. The C13 arcade is of Ham Hill stone. Plan: west tower, and spire; nave, north and south aisles, outer south aisle, north and south porches, chancel, north chancel aisle, sanctuary; vestry to north of chancel. Exterior. Steeple: Tower of 3 stages, corner buttresses with set-offs; 2-light pointed Decorated belfry windows, lancets to bellringing chamber; west doorway with 2-centred arch and hoodmould. Clock in recessed stone roundel faces west. Corbel table with (mainly 1840s) heads. Spire with corner pinnacles on broaches and 2- light openings. North aisle: west window, 4-light C19 Perpendicular with transom; north side of 5 bays (including battlemented porch with parvise approached by external stairs); 3- light Perpendicular windows retain some medieval detail; 3-light east window. Leanto vestry with its stack adjacent to chancel wall. Evidence of buildings, now dismantled, to south of chancel. 4-light east chancel window with transom of 1849, as all the 3-light windows of south aisle and the porch. 4-light east and west aisle windows, with transoms. Interior: 4-bay arcades; 3 bays of north with double chamfered arches, circular piers, moulded capitals and bases. Similar treatment of tower arch. South arcade, wavy moulding to arches and piers, with shafts at principal points, with separate capitals. Outer aisle arcade a copy of the C15. North aisle to chancel with wide arch, similar in detail to south aisle arcade. Sanctuary piscina. North aisle and nave roofs ceiled with moulded plaster cornice; ceiled wagon roof to chancel with ceilure over sanctuary; plaster ribs; south aisle roof panelled, and looks late C19. Outer aisle, unceiled wagon roof - although this may incorporate some medieval fragements it is almost entirely Hayward's work, and the dimensions preclude the possibility of its having been moved from another part of the church (as is generally believed to be the case). Screens. 17 bays; it is fully discussed by Bond and Camm (see reference), and probably pre-dates the screen at Halberton (1420) albeit only slightly. Complete with coving, cornice and brattishing. The extension across the outer south aisle is a remarkable piece of high-class craftmanship of the mid C19. The 3 north bays are of 1828. C19 north parclose. Furnishings. C16 panelling from elsewhere, reset in north-east chapel (Walrond Chapel) and as a tower screen. Pulpit, dated 1715, and an un-Devonian Wren-Gibbons style piece (as remarked upon by Pevsner). Polygonal stone font, of 1843 by Knight. Reredos and stone altar table, carved by Knight form an attractive ensemble. The seating arrangements of the church have been completely re-ordered, the altar brought forward and the seating arranged in a half circle around it. Glass: east window, 1849. Monuments: (1) North chancel chapel; tomb chest of 1663, with portrait medallions set between pilasters with caryatids, all a little Baroque in feel. Not insitu, but now placed on and above the chest, 2 half-length busts, and an effigy of a man. (2) early C19 mural monuments in sanctuary. (3) a pair of mural monuments, each with a swathed urn, stand to either side of the north door and both erected in 1810, and conceived as a matching pair, commemorating various individuals. Summary: Externally a striking church, with a very un-Devonian west steeple; the impact it makes is almost entirely the result of Hayward's extensive restoration, extension, and large scale rebuilding of 1846-9. The early C14 arcade is a comparative rarity in the county. The rood screen is famous - the longest in Devon, but part of it is C19 - and a good example of early C15 work, ie. before the bulk of Devon screens were produced. References: Pevsner, SD., pp. 300-1; F B Bond and Rom Bede Camm, Roodscreens and Rood Lofts (1909), II, 356-7; figs 112; pl. 65A, 89A. Devon C19 Churches Project.

Listing NGR: ST0686212718


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Books and journals
Bligh Bond, F, Bede Camm, D, Roodscreens and Roodlofts, (1909), 356-357
Pevsner, N, The Buildings of England: South Devon, (1952), 300-301


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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