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HER Number:MDV10212
Name:St Mary's Parish Church, Huxham


Small plain building of early 14th century date, but much rebuilt in 1865-1871. The Norman font is a fine example of its period.


Grid Reference:SX 946 978
Map Sheet:SX99NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishHuxham
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishHUXHAM

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 4884
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX99NW/16
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 88455

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XIV to XIX - 1301 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV120448.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1964)414.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV120449.


Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326749.

Church of st. John the baptist (formerly listed as church of st. Mary). The original c14 church was entirely rebuilt, the chancel in 1864 by john hayward, the nave in 1871 by benjamin ferrey. Thorverton stone. A 2 cell building: nave with west bellcote and south porch and chancel. Decorated style. See doe list for full details (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Church. Parish church of st. Mary is a small plain building of early 14th century date, but much rebuilt in 1865-1871. The norman font is a fine example of its period (hoskins).

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

Historic England, 2018, National Heritage List for England, 1098307 (National Heritage List for England). SDV360653.

Church of St Mary the Virgin.
(Formerly listed as Church of St John the Baptist, previously listed as Church of St Mary)
The original C14 church was entirely rebuilt, the chancel in 1864 by John Hayward, the nave in 1871 by Benjamin Ferrey. Thorverton stone (volcanic trap). A two-cell building: nave with west bellcote and south porch and chancel. Decorated style. Exterior: South porch set well to west lit by two lancets with deeply splayed window arches and double-chamfered arch with nook shafts. Nave with two windows to south, three to north, all two-light with tracery and hood moulds and pretty floral terminals. West bellcote twice weathered and timber bell housing (perhaps later) roof; nave roof eaves-line marked on west front by string course with trefoil relief at apex; Two-light west window with unusual central boss to head-tracery. Chancel, one two-light window to north and south, flush; three-light east window. Much of the stonework was badly decayed within a short time of the 1871 rebuilding and it is difficult to determine whether or not medieval stonework was anywhere re-used.
Interior: deep window arches; roofs with arch braces; plain chancel arch. Font: Norman, bowl with spiral roll moulding waisted by cable moulding below, the rim decorated with roundels and nailheads set up on C19 base. Glass: Medieval fragments in chancel north and south windows. Piscina: Medieval trefoil-headed, in chancel south wall. Screen: Three bays. Central entrance bay with large knotty leaves to spandrels; side bays, square-headed, with ogival reticulation above, linenfold panels below; presumably late C15 or early C16, although the tracery work seemed to Pevsner to 'look exceptionally early'. The left-hand tracery panel is a later copy of its companion.
References: Devon C19 Churches Project.
Date first listed: 30th June 1961
Date of most recent amendment: 20th May 1985
Subject to a minor amendment: 17th April 2018

Sources / Further Reading

SDV120448Migrated Record:
SDV120449Migrated Record:
SDV326749Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #61550 ]
SDV360653National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2018. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1098307.

Associated Monuments

MDV87510Parent of: Huxham War Memorial Board, St John's Church (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 18 2018 9:07AM