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HER Number:MDV341
Name:Alverdiscott, All Saints Parish Church

Summary

Fifteenth century church with nineteenth century restoration. Medieval tiles in south porch. Norman font.

Location

Grid Reference:SS 519 252
Map Sheet:SS52NW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishAlverdiscott
DistrictTorridge
Ecclesiastical ParishALVERDISCOTT

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5320
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS52NW/12
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*)

Monument Type(s) and Dates

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

Full description

NMR, SS52NW15 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV6078.


Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: North Devon, 38-9 (Monograph). SDV336196.

Unbuttressed west tower. Original 16th century wagon-roof in aisle. Font, pulpit and monuments mentioned.


Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 318 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Parish church. All Saints' Church is mainly 15th century, though restored in the early 19th century, including unusual north arcade. Medieval tiles in south porch. Norman font. Monument to Gilbert Hody and altar tomb with alabaster effigy.


Department of Environment, 1959, Torrington RD Provisional List, 1 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV118.

Mainly c15, but heavily restored in early c19, when north arcade rebuilt. Unbuttressed west tower with small pinnacles. Contains monuments.


Keen, L., 1969, A Series of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Lead-Glazed Relief Tiles from North Devon, 144-170 (Article in Serial). SDV15342.

Keen mentions occurrence of North Devon relief tiles in Alverdiscott Parish Church. Other details: Figs, Plates.


Griffith, F. M., 1984, DAP/DP 1, DP 1 (Aerial Photograph). SDV6076.


Department of Environment, 1989, Alverdiscott, 24 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV6072.

C15; north aisle built 1579; restored 1863. Squared and cursed slatestone; gabled stone-coped slate roof.
Plan: chancel, nave with N aisle, W tower. Perpendicular style fenestration of 1863 to chancel and A wall of nave. Chancel has 3-light e window and 2-light square headed windows with trefoiled lights flanking S door of 1863. S wall of nave, which has offset buttress of 1863, has two 2 and 3 light windows flanking porch of 1863. Porch, which has round arched doorway, leads to Norman style round arched doorway of 1863 with chamfered imposts. N aisle of 1579 has label moulds with block stops over 3 perpendicular 3-light windows which have trefoiled and ogee headed lights with mouchettes to spandrels and quatrefoil heads. C15 three stage tower with string courses; c15 3-light perpendicular window above 3 centred arched moulded W doorway with mid c19 door; 1-light cinquefoiled windows; projecting stair turret to s with slit lights; crenellated parapet with crocketed pinnacles.
Interior: chancel interior of 1863 has decorated style tracery to reredos, flanked by the ten commandments set in crocketed and cinquefoiled canopies; wagon roof with blue painted panels and gilt detailing; chancel arch has moulded inner order set on corbels of angels holding shields. Nave has 3 bay arcade and roof of 1863 which has chamfered granite pillars with cushion capitals supporting heavy timber arcade plate and arch braced roof. S aisle: late c13 pointed arched doorway with convex moulding and bar stops to vestry; fine wagon roof with moulded ribs and carved bosses, built 1579 for richard beller. W tower has medieval inlaid floor tiles and pointed arched doorway with convex moulding to stair turret. Porch has medieval inlaid floor tiles and late c16 arch braced roof with bosses carved on collar purlin. Fittings: vine-leaf decoration to cornice set on mid c19 base; late c12 cushion type font, with relief carved rosettes to sides and fleur-de-lys to soffits, with mid c19 base and coves, mid c19 (probably 1863) choir stalls, communion rail and pews.
Monuments in S aisle: baroque wall monument to Gilbert Hody (d.1705) has heraldic cartouche set in broken scrolled pediment with angels set above oval cartouche framed by Tuscan columns with richly carved rosettes and sways. Very fine life size effigy of Thomas Welshe, d.1639, on tomb chest; the subject's "van Dyke" (see Pevsner) dress is finely detailed and he is shown holding a prayer book; he is carved in sentimental fashion.


Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 126 (Monograph). SDV325629.


Historic England, 2017, National Heritage List for England, 1170720 (National Heritage List for England). SDV359963.

ALVERDISCOTT SS52NW 4/27 Church of All 4.10.60 Saints (formerly listed as Parish Church of All Saints) GV. II * Anglican parish church. 15th century; north aisle built 1579; restored 1863. Squared and coursed slatestone; gabled stone-coped slate roof. Plan: Chancel, nave with north aisle, west tower. Perpendicular-style fenestration of 1863 to chancel and south wall of nave. Chancel has 3-light east window, and 2-light square-headed windows with trefoiled lights flanking south door of 1863. South wall of nave, which has offset buttress of 1863, has two 2 and 3-light windows flanking porch of 1863: porch, which has round-arched doorway, leads to Norman-style round-arched doorway of 1863 with chamfered imposts. North aisle of 1579, has label moulds with block stops over 3 Perpendicular 3-light windows, which have trefoiled and ogee-headed lights with Mouchettes to spandrels and quatrefoil heads. C15 three-stage tower with string courses: C15 three-light Perpendicular window above 3-centred arched moulded west doorway with mid C19 door; one-light cinquefoiled windows; projecting stair-turret to south with slit lights; crenellated parapet with crocketed pinnacles. Interior: chancel interior of 1863 has Decorated-style tracery to reredos, flanked by The Ten Commandments set in crocketed and cinquefoiled canopies; waggon roof with blue-painted panels and gilt detailing; chancel arch has moulded inner order set on corbels of angels holding shields. Nave has 3-bay arcade and roof of 1863, which has chamfered granite pillars with cushion capitals supporting heavy timber arcade plate and arch-braced roof. South aisle: late C13 pointed-arched doorway with convex moulding and bar stops to vestry; fine waggon roof with moulded ribs and carved bosses, built 1579 for Richard Beller. West tower has medieval inlaid floor tiles, and pointed-arched doorway with convex moulding to stair turret. Porch has medieval inlaid floor tiles and late C16 arch-braced roof with bosses carved on collar purlin. Fittings: vine-leaf decoration to cornice, set on mid C19 base; late C12 cushion-type font, with relief-carved rosettes to sides and fleur-de-lys to soffits, with mid C19 base and coves, mid C19 (probably 1863) choir stalls, communion rail and pews. Monuments in south aisle: Baroque wall monument to Gilbert Hody (d. 1705), has heraldic cartouche set in broken scrolled pediment with angels set above oval cartouche framed by Tuscan columns with richly carved rosettes and sways. Very fine life-size effigy of Thomas Welshe, d. 1639, on tomb chest: the subject's "Van Dyke" (Pevsner) dress is finely detailed and he is shown holding a prayer book: he is carved in sentimental fashion. (Buildings of England: North Devon, pp. 38-9; National Monuments Record).
Date first listed: 04th October 1960.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV118List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1959. Torrington RD Provisional List. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 1.
SDV15342Article in Serial: Keen, L.. 1969. A Series of Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Lead-Glazed Relief Tiles from North Devon. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 32. Photocopy + Digital. 144-170.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 318.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 126.
SDV336196Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: North Devon. The Buildings of England: North Devon. Paperback Volume. 38-9.
SDV359963National Heritage List for England: Historic England. 2017. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Digital. 1170720.
SDV6072List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1989. Alverdiscott. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 24.
SDV6076Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1984. DAP/DP 1. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). DP 1.
SDV6078National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SS52NW15.

Associated Monuments

MDV344Parent of: FONT in the Parish of Alverdiscott (Monument)
MDV342Parent of: SUNDIAL in the Parish of Alverdiscott (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events

  • EDV737 - DP 1

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2017 12:07PM