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HER Number:MDV428
Name:Little Torrington, St. Giles


Fifteenth century church, restored 1852-8. Medieval wagon roof.


Grid Reference:SS 491 168
Map Sheet:SS41NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishLittle Torrington
Ecclesiastical ParishLITTLE TORRINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5343
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SS41NE/6
  • 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, SS41NE36 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV19755.

Cresswell, B. F., Untitled Source (Unknown). SDV19754.

Kelly, 1906, Untitled Source (Monograph). SDV4898.

Rose-Troup, F., 1936 - 1937, The Two Thomas Chardes, 103 (Article in Serial). SDV19747.

Thomas Charde, Bishop of Solubria, was succeeded in the incumbency of Llittle Torrington by Cardinal Wolsey who gave the living to Christ Church College, Oxford, in whose hands it has remained.

Pevsner, N., 1952, The Buildings of England: North Devon, 115 (Monograph). SDV336196.

Parish church, St. Giles. Roughcast narrow west tower. Nave and south aisle.

Department of Environment, 1959, Torrington RD Provisional List, 9 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV118.

15th century. Largely rebuilt and enlarged in 1857.

Department of Environment, 1989, Little Torrington, 98 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV12088.

Parish church. C15, restored 1852-8 by Rev George de C. Guille the rector at that time. Stone rubble walls, rendered to the tower. Gable ended slate roofs. Nave, south aisle and porch, west tower. The church appears entirely perpendicular in style, and was heavily restored in 1852-8 when the chancel was enlarged and the north and south walls partly rebuilt. The tower was restored in 1898 when its screen and new oak stalls were put in. Medieval wagon roof. See DoE list for full details.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 539 (Monograph). SDV325629.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV118List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1959. Torrington RD Provisional List. Historic Houses Register. Unknown. 9.
SDV12088List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1989. Little Torrington. Historic Houses Register. A4 Spiral Bound. 98.
SDV19747Article in Serial: Rose-Troup, F.. 1936 - 1937. The Two Thomas Chardes. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 19. Unknown. 103.
SDV19754Unknown: Cresswell, B. F.. Churches in the Deanery of Torrington. Unknown.
SDV19755National Monuments Record Database: NMR. SS41NE36.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 539.
SDV336196Monograph: Pevsner, N.. 1952. The Buildings of England: North Devon. The Buildings of England: North Devon. Paperback Volume. 115.
SDV4898Monograph: Kelly. 1906. Kelly's Directory. Unknown.

Associated Monuments

MDV429Parent of: Sundial at Little Bickington St. Giles (Monument)
MDV37900Related to: Churchyard Lych Gate, to East of Church of St. Giles (Building)
MDV37903Related to: Headstones to East of St. Giles (Building)
MDV43931Related to: Little Torrington Church Paten (Find Spot)
MDV37902Related to: St. Giles, Arnold Headstone (Building)
MDV37901Related to: St. Giles, Pillman Headstone (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 14 2017 1:09PM