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HER Number:MDV1181
Name:West Anstey, St. Petrock's Church


St. Petrock.15th century, much restored in 1880, with a norman font (hoskins).


Grid Reference:SS 852 274
Map Sheet:SS82NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishWest Anstey
DistrictNorth Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWEST ANSTEY

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5295
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS82NE/3
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (Built, XIV to XV - 1400 AD to 1499 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV412.

Dedication of the church to the celtic saint noted (chanter).

LANCEFIELD, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77969.

Brief reference to the church in an article on dedications to st. Petroc (lancefield).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77971.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon(1954)319.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77972.

Pevsner, n. /the buildings of england: north devon/(1952)164.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77973.

Chanter, j. F. /tda/42(1910)491/christianity in devon before ad 909.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77974.

Lancefield, a. P. /dcnq/2 part 1(1902-1903)8/st. Petroc.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77975.

Doe/hhr:west anstey/(15/9/1987)41.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77976.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77977.

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

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV77978.

Des=dean milles parochial survey/questionnaire/(1747-62)/summary (m. Dodd,2003)/in smr.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

Small buttresses but unpinnacled west tower with stair-turret. Font, bench-ends, stained glass and church plate also mentioned (pevsner).

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV325858.

Parish church. Probably c14 core to nave and chancel, remodelled in c15. West tower, mid c15, and late c15/early c16 north aisle. Re-roofed 1842. Major restoration of 1879 by william white. Unrendered stone rubble, tower roughly coursed. Slate roofs with clay ridge tiles and gable end. Plan: west tower, nave, north aisle, chancel and south porch. See doe list for full details (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

St. Petrock.15th century, much restored in 1880, with a norman font (hoskins).

Watson, A., 2007-2017?, Devon Crosses, 640, (Vol 5), sketch (Un-published). SDV360833.

West Anstey Church SS825275
Two small consecration crosses are cut into the south wall of the church near the altar. Cross A is an equal armed cross painted red within a circle, believed to date from the 14th century. The church was dedicated by Bishop Stapledon of Exeter.
Cross B is also an equal armed cross, painted red, it appears to have been added after the restoration (1600), to show that all work undertaken at the time had been paid for (according to old canon law, no church could be consecrated until it was fully free from debt).
Cross A: 7.62 by 7.62 centimetres. Circle 8.2 centimetres in diameter. Cross B: 7.62 by 7.62 centimetres by 0.63 centimetres wide.

Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1305803 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

Parish Church. Probably C14 core to nave and chancel, remodelled in C15. West tower, mid C15, and late C15/early C16 north aisle. Re-roofed 1842. Major restoration of 1879 by William White. Unrendered stone rubble, tower roughly coursed. Slate roofs with clay ridge tiles and gable end. Plan: west tower, nave, north aisle, chancel and south porch. Exterior: west tower of 2 stages, with diagonal buttresses, embattled parapet, and north-east polygonal stair turret. Cusped-headed 2-light bell-openings to each face. Statue niche on south side. Perpendicular 3-light west window above pointed arched doorway with Pevsner 'B' type moulded surround. Nave, chancel and north aisle have entirely C19 Decorated style fenestration, of 3 and 4 lights to nave, 2 lights and single light to south side of chancel, 3 lights to east end of nave and north aisle, and 3 of 2 lights to north side of aisle. Gabled south porch with C19 shaped bargeboards and outer door of 2 leaves. Perpendicular style wagon roof with curved motifs along the crenellated wall plate and curved bosses at the intersections of the ribs. Hollow moulded surround to pointed arched inner doorway with original ledged plank door and old lock and iron handle. Interior: C19 roofs throughout. Crown-post to nave, arch-braced to nave. North aisle arcade of 4 bays with Pevsner 'A' type piers and standard leaf capitals. In the C19 an inner bay was added to the chancel. C14 ogee-headed piscina in south wall of chancel. Altar table and reredos 1879. Tiled floors, some late medieval tiles survive in the north aisle. C19 pulpit. 3 C16 benches with elaborately carved bench-ends survive to rear of nave. Tall wave moulded C15 tower arch. C12 font with lead lined circular bowl, with thick cable moulding round the base and palmette and dog-tooth patterning above. Unusual tower arch screen made up of the hollow-chamfered ceiling beam re-used as a headrail and its joists with run-out stops forming the muntins. Beam and joists are painted with chevron and patterned decorations. The timbers are said to have come from the chapel near Town Farm, West Anstey, demolished in C19. Fragments of medieval stained glass survive in the south chancel window, otherwise C19 coloured glass in all the windows.
Date first listed: 20th February 1967.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV325858Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1305803.
SDV360833Un-published: Watson, A.. 2007-2017?. Devon Crosses. Mixed Archive Material + Digital. 640, (Vol 5), sketch.
SDV412Migrated Record:
SDV77969Migrated Record: LANCEFIELD.
SDV77971Migrated Record:
SDV77972Migrated Record:
SDV77973Migrated Record:
SDV77974Migrated Record:
SDV77975Migrated Record:
SDV77976Migrated Record:
SDV77977Migrated Record:
SDV77978Migrated Record:

Associated Monuments: none recorded

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 28 2018 1:05PM