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5/203 Church of St Olaf 5-3-52


Parish Church. C13 font, C14 north aisle, C14 and C15 south aisle, C15 south porch, chancel may be of C14 origin. C15 west tower, C19 vestry. North aisle stone rubble, chancel, south aisle and west tower dressed stone brought to course. Granite and greenstone dressings, north aisle and parts of south aisle Caen stone. Slate roofs. Nave, chancel, west tower, north and south arcades of 4 bays, 1 to the chancel, north-east vestry. C12 foundations said to have been discovered during C19 restoration. The C14 church probably had a north chancel chapel and may have had a north aisle. Use of different stone suggests that the north aisle was built in 2 stages or underwent repair. Largely Perpendicular church with Decorated north aisle. Chancel has 4-light C19 Perpendicular east window. South aisle has three 3-light granite Perpendicular windows under hoodmoulds. Similar windows to east and west ends. North aisle has 3-light C19 Perpendicular east window under hoodmould, 1 label stop may be C15, 3 aisle windows 3-light granite Perpendicular under hoodmoulds. North east vestry with north gable end has brick chimney. Chamfered arched polyphant north doorway. 2-light C14 Decorated greenstone window to west end of north aisle. 3 stage battlemented west tower has north east stair turret, set-back buttresses and tall crocketted corner pinnacles of usual local design with C19 finials. Moulded granite strings mark the stages. West wall of tower above plinth and below moulded string is carved with quatrefoils (q.v. Jacobstow and Week st Mary). Moulded arched granite west door under square hoodmould has carving in the spandrels. 3-light Perpendicular granite west window. South side has rectangular opening at bell-ringers' stage. 2-light granite belfry openings under blind quatrefoils. South porch has granite coping and kneelers to gable. Moulded arched granite doorway under square hoodmould. Carving in the spandrels. Porch has stone benches with granite tops. Porch roof unceiled C15 waggon with carved ribs, bosses and wallplate. Holy water stoup; Moulded granite arched inner doorway under square hoodmould, carving in spandrels. Trefoil-headed Caen stone nodding ogee riche above inner door has chamfered polyphant jambs. Interior. Good probably C16 studded door has loop drop latch, strap hinges with simple scrollwork decoration and massive wooden lock case. 4-bay Caen stone north arcade has piers of 4 engaged shafts with smaller shaft and keel mouldings between. Capitals carved with trefoils in roundels. Arches are deeply-moulded, chancel bay has slightly lower arch. East bay of south arcade has similar pier and respond but different capitals and mouldings to the arch. Capitals are carved with trefoil-headed blind arcading. The first bay from the easternmost bay has a taller granite arch and a conventional Perpendicular granite west pier. The adjustment of height is made by an engaged demi-pier supported on the capital of the Caen stone pier. The next pier to the west is also conventional Perpendicular granite. The respond against the west wall is Caen stone, but of the same conventional Perpendicular design. Double-chamfered tower arch springs from moulded capitals on short engaged shafts. No chancel arch, nave/chancel division marked by good C15 ceilure, 3 of the 4 panels retaining their decorative carving. Some of the paintwork on the ribs may be medieval ancient colour. Chancel roof C15 unceiled waggon with bosses and carved wall plates. Aisle and nave roofs C15 ceiled waggons with bosses, carved ribs and wallplates. Square C13 granite font on replaced base and corner shafts in similar to that at Poundstock and has 2 orders of pointed arched blind arcading. Late C19 5-sided drum pulpit with pierced traceried panels is supported on stem with curved braces. Communion table of late C16 origins enlarged in 1941 has turned legs. Piscina in chancel probably C14. Circa early C16 bench ends, probably from the same atelier as those at Kilkhampton and Launcells, have border carving of unusual design, blind tracery and carvings of monograms, grotesques, armorial bearings, including the Grenville Arms, and instruments of the Passion. Some of the bench ends preserve their contemporary benches with moulded rails. Large Royal Arms of Charles II in plaster on north wall. 2 large wallpaintings, probably late C15 in origin but entirely repainted by Frank Salisbury, one on north wall, one on south. That on the north wall depicts St Christopher, that on the south is similar. C19 reredos, commandment boards, floor tiling and altar rail. C17/18 wooden gate of former lych gate, now in west tower, a grillage pattern with chamfered rails and scrolled stiles with later iron barbed capping.

Listing NGR: SS2224707754


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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: 09 May 2001
Reference: IOE01/02258/29
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