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HER Number:MDV15471
Name:Salcombe, Holy Trinity Parish Church


Holy Trinity parish church in Salcombe was built in 1843 and enlarged in 1889


Grid Reference:SX 740 391
Map Sheet:SX73NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishSalcombe
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishSALCOMBE

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5198
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX73NW/26
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (Early Medieval to XXI - 1066 AD to 2009 AD (Between))

Full description

Whitley, H. M., 1910, Visitations of Devonshire Churches, 466 (Article in Serial). SDV167843.

Episcopal visitation made in May, 1307, when fittings, furniture and fabric were found to be unsatisfactory.

Drake, W., 1914 - 1915, Old glass at Salcombe, 140-141 (Article in Serial). SDV336204.

Medieval stained glass referred to.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: South Devon, 253 (Monograph). SDV336217.

Rebuilt church. Old Buttressed tower. Perpendicular font with decoration.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 471 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Salcombe Parish Church, dedicated to the Holy Trinity. Built in 1843-1844 and enlarged in 1889.

Department of Environment, 1974, Salcombe, 4 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV155971.

Dated 1843. Gothic style in local stone, by J H Ball. Replaced a re-built medieval chapel in market street

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/HR, 7 (Aerial Photograph). SDV140298.

Griffith, F. M., 1987, DAP/IA, 13-14 (Aerial Photograph). SDV167852.

Griffith, F. M., 1989, DAP/MI, 1-2 (Aerial Photograph). SDV167853.

Impett, R. M., 1989, Salcombe from East Portlemouth (Ground Photograph). SDV339365.

English Heritage, 2005, Salcombe (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV335627.

Church of the Holy Trinity on Church Hill in Salcombe. Buttressed Church of 1843 by J H Ball of Plymouth with east end rebuilding by J D Sedding in 1889 (identified by the dated rainwater goods). The church is of stone rubble with freestone dressings and slate roofs; nave and aisle roofs with crested ridge tiles. It is sited high above the road with stepped coped churchyard walls. The church has a four-bay aisled nave with tall gabled aisles and three-stage west tower in lancet style; the chancel, north chancel chapel and vestries are in developed Gothic Revival style including Geometric Decorated tracery to the east windows. There is a good west tower with moulded west doorway, angle buttresses, lancet windows, plain corbelled parapet, moulded frames for clock faces and a carved 1843 date plaque. The aisles are buttressed with corbelled parapet and lancet windows. Sedding's east end has a wide, high-set Geometric Decorated east window; the vestry block is in a domestic Gothic style. The arcades have slender granite columns with engaged shafts and richly-moulded arches. The nave roof is in a hammerbeam style of slender scantling. The aisle roofs are similar, but more elaborate with brattishing and open arcaded decoration. The c1843 fittings include an elaborately carved wooden pulpit on a carved stem with Gothick balustrade to the pulpit stair; a tall crocketted font cover to an octagonal stone font with quatrefoils on the stem with shafts. The nave seating of open-backed benches with shaped ends is also probably of 1843. The Sedding work includes a moulded pointed chancel arch, dying into the responds; canted boarded roofs; slender shafts to the window jambs; painted panels to the altar, good quality choir stalls with poppyheads and vine-carved ends; a low stone coped chancel screen with pretty wrought iron railings above and a very notable pair of Arts and Crafts beaten bronze doors with enamelled crosses. There is good Victorian stained glass in the east windows. The 1843 church by J H Ball of Plymouth has an unusually successful tower, elegant arcades and good contemporary pulpit and font cover. The historic interest of this work is supported by the outstanding high quality of design and craftsmanship of the east end additions of 1889 by J D Sedding, including very fine choir stalls, and an exceptional chancel screen with Arts and Crafts beaten bronze and enamelled doors. Other details: LBS No 397218.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV140298Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/HR. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 7.
SDV155971List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1974. Salcombe. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 4.
SDV167843Article in Serial: Whitley, H. M.. 1910. Visitations of Devonshire Churches. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 42. A5 Hardback. 466.
SDV167852Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1987. DAP/IA. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 13-14.
SDV167853Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1989. DAP/MI. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-2.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 471.
SDV335627List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2005. Salcombe. Listed Buildings Online. Digital.
SDV336204Article in Serial: Drake, W.. 1914 - 1915. Old glass at Salcombe. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 8 Part 1. Unknown. 140-141.
SDV336217Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: South Devon. The Buildings of England: South Devon. Paperback Volume. 253.
SDV339365Ground Photograph: Impett, R. M.. 1989. Salcombe from East Portlemouth. Impett Slide Collection. Slide.

Associated Monuments

MDV90631Parent of: Methodist World War I Memorial Plaque, Holy Trinity Church (Monument)
MDV107047Parent of: Salcombe World War I Memorial Screen and Plaque, Holy Trinity Church (Monument)
MDV107046Parent of: World War II Flag and Plaque, Holy Trinity Church (Monument)
MDV21616Related to: Chapel adjoining Holy Trinity Parish Church, Salcombe (Monument)
MDV36191Related to: Salcombe, Site of Medieval Chapel (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV3830 - DAP/HR
  • EDV3831 - DAP/IA
  • EDV3832 - DAP/MI

Date Last Edited:Dec 8 2017 10:49AM