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HER Number:MDV1141
Name:Creacombe, Church of St. Michael


Creacombe parish church had a saxon porch until the victorian restorers removed all trace of it (andrews).


Grid Reference:SS 818 193
Map Sheet:SS81NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishRackenford
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishCREACOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS81NW/5
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (Unknown date)

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78223.

Ellacombe/trans. Exeter diocesan archit. Soc. /1.3(1867)/the church bells in the towers of all the parish churches of devonshire.

Untitled Source (Aerial Photograph). SDV78224.

Aph=dp/hw 10-12/(30/1/1987).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78225.

Des=dick, a. M.(dcc)/(13/6/2002)/as above.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV78227.

Gould, r. D. /trans. Exeter diocesan archit. Soc/vol ii(1844)85-86/on the towers of the north and north-west of devon.

Unknown, 1847, Sketch of Saxon Doorway taken in circa 1844 (Article in Serial). SDV78220.

Anonymous, 1929, Our Deanery Churches: Creacombe, St. Mary or St. Michael (Article in Serial). SDV78221.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 378 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Church rebuilt 1857: only original font remains.

Andrews, J. H. B., 1960, The Parish of Satterleigh and Warkleigh, 40 (Article in Serial). SDV78211.

Creacombe parish church had a Saxon porch until the Victorian restorers removed all trace of it.

Department of Environment, 1987, Rackenford, 30 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV60173.

Church of St. Michael. Rebuilt 1857, but contains late c11 or early c12 font. Unrendered snecked stone rubble. Slate roofs with coped parapets, moulded stone kneelers and apex crosses. Vestry has polygonal gable end stack. Nave and chancel only with south porch and north vestry. Gabled bell turret to east end of nave. Steeply pointed moulded stone arch to south porch doorway. Three pointed arched windows of 2 lights to right of porch, cusped headed priest's doorway and single light window towards east end. Three light windows to east and west end. Principal windows have human head corbels to the hoodmoulds. Late c11 or early c12 font with tall circular lead-lined bowl on short stem. Otherwise c19 fittings - pulpit benches, communion rails, altar table, tiled floors and commandment boards at west end - are intact. The pulpit has access from the vestry only. Steeply pointed chancel arch with moulded capitals to the engaged shafts. Chancel and nave each have arch - and wind-braced roofs of 5 bays. Walls are plastered.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon (Monograph). SDV325629.

Council for the Care of Churches, 1996, Creacombe, St Michael & All Angels (Formerly St Mary), Devon (Exeter) (Un-published). SDV320114.

Contemporary furnishings + stained glass. Virtually unaltered since it was built. Other details: PM 1757.

Unknown, 1998, Creacombe St Michael & All Angels (Un-published). SDV354723.

Parker, R. W. + Passmore, A. J., 2002, Archaeological Recording at Creacombe Church (Report - non-specific). SDV78216.

Archaeological recording undertaken by Exeter Archaeology in 2002 during groundworks in the churchyard found no below ground evidence for the previous church or associated burials. Deposits recorded in the trenches suggest the site was artificially raised + levelled when the church was rebuilt in 1857. A wall recorded in the service trench to the SE of the church is likely to represent the SW end of a barn recorded on the 1840 Tithe Map. A ditch to the E of the wall relates to an earlier phase of activity at the site.

North Devon District Council, 2002, Proposed Bathroom/Store Extension, St. Michael's & All Angels' Church (Planning Application). SDV346882.

Dick, A. M., 2002, Untitled Source (Site Visit). SDV78215.

Conversion to residential use).

Sources / Further Reading

SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 378.
SDV320114Un-published: Council for the Care of Churches. 1996. Creacombe, St Michael & All Angels (Formerly St Mary), Devon (Exeter). A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume.
SDV346882Planning Application: North Devon District Council. 2002. Proposed Bathroom/Store Extension, St. Michael's & All Angels' Church. North Devon District Council Planning Application. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV354723Un-published: Unknown. 1998. Creacombe St Michael & All Angels. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV60173List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1987. Rackenford. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 30.
SDV78211Article in Serial: Andrews, J. H. B.. 1960. The Parish of Satterleigh and Warkleigh. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 92. 40.
SDV78215Site Visit: Dick, A. M.. 2002.
SDV78216Report - non-specific: Parker, R. W. + Passmore, A. J.. 2002. Archaeological Recording at Creacombe Church. Exeter Archaeology Report. A4 Stapled + Digital.
SDV78220Article in Serial: Unknown. 1847. Sketch of Saxon Doorway taken in circa 1844. Transactions of the Exeter Diocese Architectural and Archaeological Society. 2.
SDV78221Article in Serial: Anonymous. 1929. Our Deanery Churches: Creacombe, St. Mary or St. Michael. South Molton Deanery Magazine. July/August.
SDV78223Migrated Record:
SDV78224Aerial Photograph:
SDV78225Migrated Record:
SDV78227Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments

MDV55840Related to: Creacombe Church Plate (Find Spot)
MDV55839Related to: Creacombe Font (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV495 - Unnamed Event

Date Last Edited:Mar 24 2015 11:44AM