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HER Number:MDV3964
Name:St Andrew's Parish Church, Whitchurch


Parish church with Norman south door, chancel of circa 1300. West tower nave, south transept and north aisle 15th century, 19th century chancel aisles and south porch.


Grid Reference:SX 492 726
Map Sheet:SX47SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishTavistock
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishWHITCHURCH

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5402
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX47SE/24
  • Old Listed Building Ref (I): 93393

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XII - 1101 AD to 1200 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1904 - 1906, Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map (Cartographic). SDV325644.

Beebe, W. N. P., 1914, History of Whitchurch, 271-2 (Article in Serial). SDV340287.

Chanter, J. F., 1927, Sixteenth Report on Church Plate, 124 (Article in Serial). SDV239594.

Church plate in parish church of St Andrew. Chalice A, Elizabethan style, Barnstaple type. Bowl, conical with band of hit and miss work round centre stem with fair knop, base with tongue ornamentation and circles. Marks: (1) T, (2) Mathev (letters interlinked) cover to fit, with hit and miss ornamentation, button plain. Marks as on chalice. Chalice B, Victorian style. Stem with slight knop. Inscription, 'In Memoriam, William Chichester died Sep 22 1911'. Marks: Messrs Barnard and London, 1896. Paten A, cover to chalice A. Paten B, plain on stand. Inscription, 'This belongs to Whitchurch in Devon'. Marks: W A anchor between (Joseph Ward) and London N. S.1711. Flagon A, tankard with domed lid. Marks: R O, (R. Rowe, Plymouth) and Exeter hallmarks for 1706. Inscription, 'The gift of C Furneaux to the Church of Whitchurch 1706'. Flagon B, pewter lid missing. Alms dish A, marks: I W, crown over (John Webber) and Exeter marks for 1730. Alms dish B, pewter.

Copeland, G. W., 1942, Eleventh Report of the Plymouth and District Branch, 124 (Article in Serial). SDV145407.

Whitchurch has a very early south doorway to the nave, many of whose features suggest pre-Norman construction, also first stage of the three storey west tower is possibly relic of an earlier building. In 1300 the east part of the church was enlarged or rebuilt, and the fine east window, the priest's doorway, the piscina and a wall tomb north of the chancel are all of that period.

Fryer Cornelius, C., 1952, Ancient Churches of the Tavistock Deanery, Devon, 47-72 (Article in Serial). SDV18005.

St. Andrew's. This parish church is built of local stone, with embattled tower in the Perpendicular style. Chancel is probably of an earlier date, the east window being pre-Norman. The Courtenay transept, now occupied by the organ, was once entered by an exterior staircase, now demolished, and a door in the wall, now blocked up. There is an old sundial over the south porch. An old hagioscope or squint in the south transept, and in the chancel, an ancient tomb of the Moringe family of Moortown. The fragmentary carved oak screen came from Moretonhampstead church. The tower contains six bells, erected by the Penningtons, itinerant bell founders, in 1786. In pre-Reformation times, there were three or four huge bells. The church was restored in 1879, the old horse box pews being replaced by modern seats. The tower has an unusual arrangement of buttresses, double to the first stage and then oblique to the upper stage. The church was enlarged in 1300, the priest's doorway, piscina and the wall tomb north of the chancel are all of this date. Drastically restored, with much rebuilding, the nave nucleus is probably 12th century. Original wagon-roofs plaster ceiled. Font octagonal with shields within panels, 16th century. Easter sepulchre in chancel, 13th century. Rood stairs projecting from walling of north aisle.

Pearce, S. M., 1982, Church and Society in South Devon, AD 350-700, 1-18 (Article in Serial). SDV336077.

Named in Domesday.

Department of Environment, 1983, Tavistock, 3 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV272550.

Norman, 15th century, and 19th century. Built of granite with slate roof. Nave and aisles. Tower in three stages with crenellated parapet and octagonal stair turret. Norman south door. Chancel of circa 1300. West tower nave, south transept and North Aisle 15th century, 19th century chancel aisles and south porch. Perpendicular windows to aisles. Monument in Easter Sepulchre recess to Paschaw Allyn (died 1626) with a long row of kneeling children on a slate plate. Monument to Francis Pengelly (died 1722) by Weston with oval relief of Resurrection of the Dead and two standing and two reclining female figures. Piscina.

Rendle, R. S., 1986, The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Plymouth, Devon, circa 1600-1800, 171, 205 (Article in Serial). SDV14811.

Tavistock and District Local History Society, 2002, Whitchuch Parish. A short History of a Devon Parish, 47-54, fig (Monograph). SDV363278.

National Buildings Record, 2012, 438002 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV350182.

Ordnance Survey, 2012, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV348725.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV145407Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1942. Eleventh Report of the Plymouth and District Branch. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 74. A5 Hardback. 124.
SDV14811Article in Serial: Rendle, R. S.. 1986. The Goldsmiths and Silversmiths of Plymouth, Devon, circa 1600-1800. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 118. A5 Paperback. 171, 205.
SDV18005Article in Serial: Fryer Cornelius, C.. 1952. Ancient Churches of the Tavistock Deanery, Devon. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 15. Unknown. 47-72.
SDV239594Article in Serial: Chanter, J. F.. 1927. Sixteenth Report on Church Plate. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 59. A5 Hardback. 124.
SDV272550List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Tavistock. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 3.
SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV336077Article in Serial: Pearce, S. M.. 1982. Church and Society in South Devon, AD 350-700. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 40. Paperback Volume. 1-18.
SDV340287Article in Serial: Beebe, W. N. P.. 1914. History of Whitchurch. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 46. A5 Hardback. 271-2.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #90401 ]
SDV350182National Monuments Record Database: National Buildings Record. 2012. 438002. National Monuments Record Database. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV3966Parent of: Sundial Over South Porch, St Andrew's Church, Whitchurch (Monument)
MDV3967Related to: Cross, St Andrew's Church, Whitchurch (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Oct 21 2019 12:04PM