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HER Number:MDV11393
Name:St Michael's Church, Axmouth


The church retains a considerable amount of Norman work.


Grid Reference:SY 256 910
Map Sheet:SY29SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAxmouth
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishAXMOUTH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 4946
  • National Monuments Record: 449640
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SY29SE/32
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 87707

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XVII to XIX - 1601 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126616.

Hicks, c. E. /tda/102(1970)25/proceedings at the 108th annual meeting.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126617.

Crowley, j. /tda/93(1961)281/sundials in south devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126618.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)326.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126619.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126620.

Reichel, o. J. /dcnq/1 part1(1900-1901)252-4/foreign churches and their property in devon.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126621.

Cresswell, b. F. /dcnq/12(1922-1923)280/mural paintings in devonshire churches.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV126622.


Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV126623.

Aph=dap/ki 3,4/(21/3/1988).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV242.

An architectural drawing of the church made in 1943 by a. W. Everett is in the dro. Axmouth was once the property of the abbey of montebourg in france, where the original charter is in existence (reichel).

CRESSWELL, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV25789.

Mural paintings on the massive norman piers and on the south wall. Christ, st. Peter and the martyrdom of st. Lawrence appear to be depicted but not all are in good condition (cresswell).

HICKS, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV27389.

Church of st michael contains a considerable amount of norman work. In the chancel there is an effigy of a 14th century priest fully vested in alb, stole and chasuble (hicks).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326852.

Parish church, 12th/13th/14th/15th century restored by hayward of exeter. Stone rubble with freestone dressings and slate roofs. Nave and chancel, 12th century. Many other features, see doe list for full details (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Substantial remains of c 1150 church, south aisle is 13th century. West tower 15th century possibly replaces an earlier norman tower (hoskins).

Coxhead, J. R. W., 1974-1977, Dog-acre Orchard (Article in Serial). SDV358958.

In a recess in the north wall of the chancel there is a 14th century effigy of a priest vested in alb, stole and chausuble. The figure lies beneath a cusped canopy of stone with the head resting on a cushion and the feet on a dog.

Exeter Archaeology, 2003-2004, East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey, Site No. 1224 (Archive - Survey). SDV351568.

Church of St Michael. Substantial remains of c. 1150 church with later additions and alterations. Listed Grade I.

Cannan, F., 2007, Rediscovering a Medieval Mural in the Church of St Michael, Axmouth, 123-133 (Article in Serial). SDV344704.

The parish church of St. Michael is essentially Norman with 13th, 14th and 15th century additions and preserves three medieval wall paintings dated to the period 1480-1500. Paintings of Christ and St. Peter adorn late Norman columns in the nave and on the 13th century south aisle wall is a painting of St. Erasmus.

National Monuments Record, 2010, 449640 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV344703.

Medieval church. Other details: SY29SE22. Date record last updated: N/A.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV126616Migrated Record:
SDV126617Migrated Record:
SDV126618Migrated Record:
SDV126619Migrated Record:
SDV126620Migrated Record:
SDV126621Migrated Record:
SDV126622Migrated Record:
SDV126623Aerial Photograph:
SDV242Migrated Record:
SDV25789Migrated Record: CRESSWELL.
SDV27389Migrated Record: HICKS.
SDV326852Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV344703National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2010. 449640. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV344704Article in Serial: Cannan, F.. 2007. Rediscovering a Medieval Mural in the Church of St Michael, Axmouth. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 65. Paperback Volume. 123-133.
SDV351568Archive - Survey: Exeter Archaeology. 2003-2004. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. East Devon Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Archaeological Survey. Digital + Mixed Archive Material. Site No. 1224.
SDV358958Article in Serial: Coxhead, J. R. W.. 1974-1977. Dog-acre Orchard. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. Photocopy + Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV11394Parent of: Scratch Dial at St. Michaels Church, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV77884Parent of: Wall Paintings in St. Michaels Church, Axmouth (Monument)
MDV81611Parent of: War Memorial in St Michael's Church (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV4756 - Analysis of Medieval Mural in St. Michael's Church, Axmouth

Date Last Edited:Jan 4 2018 1:55PM