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HER Number:MDV30308
Name:Holy Trinity Parish Church at Dunkeswell


Holy Trinity parish church at Dunkeswell was built in the 19th century on the site of the Medieval Abbey Church


Grid Reference:ST 142 107
Map Sheet:ST11SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDunkeswell
DistrictEast Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishDUNKESWELL

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 4957
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: ST11SW/43
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 86574

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHURCH (XVIII to XIX - 1800 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1880-1899, First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map (Cartographic). SDV336179.

'Holy Trinity Church' shown on 19th century map to the north of the 'Remains of Dunkeswell Abbey'.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: South Devon, 123 (Monograph). SDV336217.

Holy Trinity Church. Built in 1842 in Puritanical lancet style contains some tiles from the Abbey.

Allan, J. P. + Keen, L., 1983, Medieval Floor Tiles in Exeter Museum, 135-6 (Article in Serial). SDV123604.

Tiled pavement from Dunkeswell Abbey Church has been re-laid in the modern church. Contains examples of distorted and discoloured tiles, suggestive of local production.

Griffith, F. M., 1988, DAP/KG, 1-5 (Aerial Photograph). SDV136097.

English Heritage, 1988, Dunkeswell, 17 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV324134.

Church of Holy Trinity, built on the site of Dunkeswell Abbey Church. Dated 1842. Local stone and flint rubble with hamstone dressings and detail; slate roof. Nave with narrow south aisle, chancel, and west end porch and vestry. Single phase church in transitional style.

English Heritage, 2010, Historic Houses Register (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV154869.

Church of Holy Trinity in Dunkeswell was Listed on 16th March 1988. Church, built on the site of Dunkeswell Abbey Church in 1842 of local stone and flint rubble with Hamstone dressings and detail and a slate roof. Plan: nave with narrow south aisle, chancel, and west end porch and vestry. Single phase church in Transitional style. Exterior: the nave and chancel are under a continuous roof. Both gable-ends have shaped kneelers and coping, the east end has an apex cross and the west end gable is surmounted by a stone polygonal bellcote on corbels with a steeply-pitched spire-like pyramid stone roof and apex cross. The corners have angle buttresses. There are five windows on the north side and four on the south side, all lancets under a continuous hoodmould. The west end porch contains a two centred arch with moulded surround with hoodmould and block labels; it is flanked by double lancets. Above in the gable is an oculus. Interior: the south doorway is a two-centred arch with a double-chamfered surround. The nave has an open four-bay roof of arch-braced trusses springing from stone corbels carved with armorial devices. Tall chancel arcn has a chamfered surround. The four-bay arcade has octagonal section columns witn capitals carved with stiff-leaf decoration. The walls are plastered. The floor is tiled and includes, in the sanctuary, an assemblage of Medieval encaustic tiles from the old Abbey Church. Reredos has a Gothic style Beerstone blind arcade. Plain oak altar rail, pulpit, lectern, and prayer desk some with simple Gothic ornamentation. Pine benches. Norman style Beerstone font with a large octagonal bowl with a band of fret pattern. No memorials. However there is an ancient stone coffin which was discovered when the church was built. It may be the coffin of the Abbey founder, William Lord Brewere, who was buried here in 1226. There are ainted commandment and prayer boards. The glass is original. Other details: LBS Number 86574.

Ordnance Survey, 2010, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV344030.

'Holy Trinity Church' shown on modern mapping.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV123604Article in Serial: Allan, J. P. + Keen, L.. 1983. Medieval Floor Tiles in Exeter Museum. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 41. Paperback Volume. 135-6.
SDV136097Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1988. DAP/KG. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 1-5.
SDV154869List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 2010. Historic Houses Register. Historic Houses Register. Website.
SDV324134List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: English Heritage. 1988. Dunkeswell. Historic Houses Register. A4 Single Sheet. 17.
SDV336179Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1880-1899. First Edition Ordnance 25 inch map. First Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336217Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: South Devon. The Buildings of England: South Devon. Paperback Volume. 123.
SDV344030Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2010. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #86812 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV30305Related to: Abbey Church at Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV1890Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey (Monument)
MDV13990Related to: Dunkeswell Abbey, Tile (Find Spot)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Nov 24 2017 11:56AM