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HER Number:MDV3661
Name:St Mary's Church, Ashbury


Redundant parish church, with a late 16th or 17th century tower, the rest of the church was totally rebuilt in 1871-2.


Grid Reference:SX 507 979
Map Sheet:SX59NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishNorthlew
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURY
Ecclesiastical ParishASHBURTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 15888
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59NW/17
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 97959

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

HOSKINS, DCNQ, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228850.

The tower is 16th century (hoskins, dcnq).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228852.

Glebe terriers.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228853.

Des=slide(-/8/1978) in smr collection.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228854.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)321.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228855.

Pevsner, n. /the buildings of england: north devon/(1952)41-42.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228856.

Hoskins, w. G. /dcnq/26(1954-1955)132/devon parish notes.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228857.

Doe/hhr: ashbury(7/9/1987)1.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228858.

Cresswell, b. /churches in the deanery of okehampton.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228859.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228860.

Cherry, b. + pevsner, n. /buildings of england:devon/(1989)134.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV228861.

Des=photo of exterior in nmr.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326134.

Redundant parish church. Late c16/c17 tower, the rest of the church totally rebuilt in 1871-2 for henry woolcombe archdeacon of barnstaple. Coursed volcanic stone rubble walls. Gable end slate roof with c19 decorative ridge tiles. Plan comprises nave, chancel, west tower and south porch. See doe list for full details (doe).

Bridgwater, W. R., 1976, Church (Worksheet). SDV228848.

Site visit on 6th November 1976. Ashbury Church. The church is mainly 13th century with later additions, but some fairly early windows survive and a blocked priests door? one fragment of an original Norman church has been preserved, a mask, now fixed upon the key-stone of the western arch. Repairs were made in 1701 and the building was wholly restored in 1872, and then almost completely rebuilt by Archdeacon Woollcombe. The church contains early memorials to Arture Strowe, son of William Strowde of Newnham esquire, 1595; Henry Walter, 1684, Elizabeth Walter, 1683, Elizabeth Woollcombe, 1694. The church also contains 2 carved chairs, a carved wooden altar, pulpit, lectern, decorated reredos, a modern granite font, modern stained glass, 1827, 1861. The church goods commissioners in 1553 recorded 3 bells in the tower which were inscribed in medieval letters. There are also four stone church boundary markers, one of which has a slot.

Bridgwater, W. R., 1977, Ashbury Parish Photographs (Ground Photograph). SDV358878.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV228848Worksheet: Bridgwater, W. R.. 1976. Church. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Register. Worksheet + Digital.
SDV228850Migrated Record: HOSKINS, DCNQ.
SDV228852Migrated Record:
SDV228853Migrated Record:
SDV228854Migrated Record:
SDV228855Migrated Record:
SDV228856Migrated Record:
SDV228857Migrated Record:
SDV228858Migrated Record:
SDV228859Migrated Record:
SDV228860Migrated Record:
SDV228861Migrated Record:
SDV326134Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV358878Ground Photograph: Bridgwater, W. R.. 1977. Ashbury Parish Photographs. Photograph (Paper) + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV3663Parent of: Memorials in Ashbury Church (Monument)
MDV3664Related to: Ashbury Rectory (Monument)
MDV134880Related to: Grave Yard around St Mary's Church, Ashbury (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:May 17 2024 2:44PM