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HER Number:MDV9624
Name:Holcombe Burnell, St John the Baptist


Parish church, part of south doorway 12th century, arcade probably late 15th or early 16th century, tower probably late 15th century. Substantial rebuilding and enlargement in 1843.


Grid Reference:SX 858 916
Map Sheet:SX89SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHolcombe Burnell
Ecclesiastical ParishHOLCOMBE BURNELL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 4992
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX89SE/1
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 400865

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XII to XIX - 1101 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

MORRIS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV24281.

Author notes the easter sepulchre constructed as a permanent feature at holcombe burnell parish church (morris).

CRESSWELL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV25789.

Included in a survey of the churches in the deanery of kenn (cresswell).

HOSKINS, E & E, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282050.

The parish church of holcombe burnell, st. John the baptist. A 15th. Century church which replaced a 13th. Century one. Rebuilt and enlarged, except for the tower, in 1843. Over the s doorway are some 13th. Century heads. Original rood screen used to make the pulpit which has painted figures of the madonna, gabriel and six saints. The altar is a spanish chest, which may have come from armada wreckage, for sir thomas dennis, a prominent elizabethan, lived nearby in the barton. Wagon roof with coloured bosses. Remains of an easter sepulchre, with carvings of christ risen from the tomb, now surmounts the tomb of sir robert dennis who died in 1592 (hoskins, e & e).

FULFORD, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282053.

Original church was dedicated to st. Nicholas (fulford).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282055.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1964)410.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282056.

Morris, p. /antiq j. /23(1943)140/exeter cathedral: a conjectural restoration of the 14th century altar screen.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282057.

Thompson, a. H. /arch j. /70(1913)492.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282058.

Des=express and echo/2/10/1976.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282059.

Cresswell, b. F. /dcnq/7,pt.2(1912-1913)95-99/notes on the churches of the deanery of kenn, devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282060.

Fulford, f. /dcnq/9,pt.1(1916-1917)183-185/holcombe burnell church.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282061.

Doe/hhr:holcombe burnell/(4/9/1986)58-59.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282062.

Des=davidson/ms notes on the churches of south devon/west country studies library.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV282063.

Pevsner, n. /south devon/(1952).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326668.

Parish church. Part of south doorway 12th century, arcade probably late 15th century/early 16th century tower probably late 15th century, substantial rebuilding and enlargement of 1843 by john hayward. Stone rubble including heavitree and volcanic stone with granite and freestone dressings. See doe list for full details (doe).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV24281Migrated Record: MORRIS.
SDV25789Migrated Record: CRESSWELL.
SDV282050Migrated Record: HOSKINS, E & E.
SDV282053Migrated Record: FULFORD.
SDV282055Migrated Record:
SDV282056Migrated Record:
SDV282057Migrated Record:
SDV282058Migrated Record:
SDV282059Migrated Record:
SDV282060Migrated Record:
SDV282061Migrated Record:
SDV282062Migrated Record:
SDV282063Migrated Record:
SDV326668Migrated Record: Department of Environment.

Associated Monuments

MDV91777Parent of: Longdown World War II Lantern and Plaque (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 24 2017 12:58PM