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HER Number:MDV11110
Name:St. Michael's Parish Church, Beer


The church was built in 1876 on the site of an earlier one.


Grid Reference:SY 229 893
Map Sheet:SY28NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBeer
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishBEER AND SEATON
Ecclesiastical ParishSEATON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 4947
  • National Monuments Record: 449517
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY28NW/16
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

BURNHAM, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100655.

The present church, st michael's, was built in 1876 and occupies the site of a former one, said to have been erected by one of the walronds (burnham).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100659.

Polwhele, r. /history of devonshire/(1797)305.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100660.

Davidson, j. B. /tda/17(1885)195,198/seaton before the conquest.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100661.

Burnham, e. J. /guide to seaton and district/(1942)62-63.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100662.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100663.

Reichel, o. J. /tda/30(1898)310/the domesday churches of devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100664.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV100665.

Aph=dap/hf 7,8/(19/12/1986).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100666.

Dixon, t. + turton, s. D. /archaeological and historical appraisal of the town of beer, east devon/(1995)5/(ea report 95.48).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV100667.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /buildings of england: devon(1989)161.

Davidson, J. B., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV101772.

The boundary line of pre-conquest seaton goes up the combe to the byshel aecer, probably the spot where formerly beer chapel stood and now the church stands (davidson).

Dixon, T. + Turton, S. D., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV130976.

Contains early 15c bell. See subsheet for earlier chapel (dixon + turton).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

The earlier church (pre 12th century) may have been an oratory for horton abbey in dorset who owned the manor at the time of domesday (reichel).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326826.

Parish church, built 1877 by hayward of exeter. Coursed stone with freestone dressing and slate roofs. Large church in early english/decorated style. North and south transepts. Tower at north-west corner in four stages. Chancel arch has marble shafts. Nave roof with braces. Contemporary furnishings including choir stalls and stone pulpit and font (doe).

Polwhele, R., 1793-1806, The History of Devonshire (Monograph). SDV21030.

St michael's church. On the site of a pre-1146 chapel. Situated in the tything of beer is a chapel which, from the increase of the inhabitants, has lately been much enlarged (polwhele).

Fisher, J., 1999, East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Beer, 3, 10 (Report - non-specific). SDV346082.

A plain exterior with northwest tower conceals a qute rich interior containing early French detail and stained glass of a pictorial High Renaissance pattern

Pink, F., 2014, South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment (Interpretation). SDV357736.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV100655Migrated Record: BURNHAM.
SDV100659Migrated Record:
SDV100660Migrated Record:
SDV100661Migrated Record:
SDV100662Migrated Record:
SDV100663Migrated Record:
SDV100664Migrated Record:
SDV100665Aerial Photograph:
SDV100666Migrated Record:
SDV100667Migrated Record:
SDV101772Migrated Record: Davidson, J. B..
SDV130976Migrated Record: Dixon, T. + Turton, S. D..
SDV21030Monograph: Polwhele, R.. 1793-1806. The History of Devonshire. The History of Devonshire. Unknown.
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV326826Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV346082Report - non-specific: Fisher, J.. 1999. East Devon Conservation Area Appraisals: Beer. East Devon District Council Report. A4 Stapled + Digital. 3, 10.
SDV357736Interpretation: Pink, F.. 2014. South Devon Coast Rapid Coastal Zone Assessment Survey Desk-Based Assessment. AC Archaeology Report. ACD618/4/3. Digital.
Linked documents:1

Associated Monuments

MDV104336Parent of: War Memorial in St Michael's Church (Monument)
MDV105855Parent of: World War II War Memorial in St Michael's Church (Monument)
MDV60391Related to: Chapel of St. Michael the Archangel, Beer (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Aug 6 2021 2:05PM