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HER Number:MDV4759
Name:All Saints, Okehampton


Parish church with a fine 15th century west tower, the remainder rebuilt in 1842-4 after a fire.


Grid Reference:SX 581 951
Map Sheet:SX59NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishOkehampton
DistrictWest Devon
Ecclesiastical ParishOKEHAMPTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5144
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX59NE/10
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 93378

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XIII to XIX - 1201 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Worth, R. N., 1895, Okehampton Beginnings, 103, 111 (Article in Serial). SDV349570.

A coffin lid found when the church was being rebuilt in 1843. Inscribed 'Hic Iacet Robertus De Moles'. From small size probably commemorating a child. A church on the site long before 1261, at rebuilding of 1261 the old chancel was probably allowed to remain. The stone was found 152 millimetres below the surface in digging up the foundations of the chancel wall. Internment may have been overlooked when the later chancel was built. Distinctive characteristics of lettering are Saxon. Probably 11th century. The taxation of Pope Nicholas gives the value of the church at Hocamton at £10.13s.4d. annually, and of the vicarage at £1.6s.8d. This was in 1291.

Prickman, J. D., 1901, Fragmentary Notes of the French Prisoners in the West of England and Other Places in the First Part of the 19th Century., 313 (Article in Serial). SDV349631.

Church contains a tombstone, a rough slab inscribed: 'Cette Pierre Fut/Elevee Par Lamitie a La Memoire/Darmand Bernard/ne au Havre/En Normandie Marie a/Calais a Madelle Margot/11e Officer/De Commerce Decedee/Prisonier de Guerre a/ Okehampton le 26 October/1815 aged 33 ans/A Labri des vertus/Qui Distingaient/La Vie/Tu reposes en paix/ombre tendre et cherie'. Another tombstone nearby is inscribed: 'Ci Cit/Adelaide Barrin du Puyleaune De La/Commune De Montravers Dept/Deo Deux Sevres Nelle 31 Avril/1771 Decedee a Okehampton le 18/Fevre 1811 Fille Legitime Dal/Favre Barron Notaire et Procavre/De Machecourane de Nre/Ici repose la mere & l'enfant'.

Watkin, H. R., 1930 - 1934, Seven Hundred Years Ago. AD 1232, 212 (Article in Serial). SDV81790.

Small Purbeck stone grave cover with double cross on same stem. Inscription probably added at a later date. Probably comissioned by the family of a person who went to the sixth crusade.

Hoskins, W. G., 1954, A New Survey of England: Devon, 447 (Monograph). SDV17562.

Williams, H. F., 1959-1961, Rectors of Monkokehampton, 183-6 (Article in Serial). SDV349630.

Copeland, G. W., 1966, Proceedings at the 104th Annual Meeting, 25 (Article in Serial). SDV266064.

All Saints Parish Church. Rebuilt by Hayward of Exeter after a fire, 1842-1844. The west tower was spared. The church is built in the Perpendicular style; it contains fine communion plate and 18th century registers. The tall three stage west tower is of ashlar granite with buttresses. There is a granite arcade of five bays and piers of a type with capitals only to the shafts - this was retained by Hayward (as was the west tower) in the rebuilding of 1842-1844. The remains of an old stone reredos lie against the west wall of the south aisle. Stained glass, one south window by Morris & Co., 1897, and one by Kempe, 1900.

Whittemore, P. J., 1974 - 1977, Fragments of Monumental Brasses, 134-5 (Article in Serial). SDV336555.

Mention of small brass of Thomas Godolphin, damaged in the fire of 1842.

Timms, S. C., 1976, The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft, 155 (Report - Survey). SDV341346.

The parish church occupies an isolated location on the hillside to the west of the town and its location has sometimes been taken to be indicative of an area of Saxon occupation. The medieval church was consecrated by Bishop Bronescombe in 1261 but it is also recorded earlier in the 13th century during the episcopy of Bishop Brewer. All but the west tower was rebuilt after a fire in 1842.

Higham, R. A., 1977, Excavations at Okehampton Castle, 4 (Article in Serial). SDV233066.

No clear evidence for All Saints Church prior to the 13th century. It was appropriated to Cowick Priory, Exeter in circa 1240.

King, A. C., 1979, A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report, No. 11 (Report - Survey). SDV343861.

Department of Environment, 1983, Okehampton (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV342832.

Fine 15th century west tower, remainder rebuilt in 1842-4 in Perpendicular style by J Hayward of Exeter. Tall west tower of granite ashlar in three stages with thin set back buttresses, and moulded base, embattled parapet and pinnacles with crockets. Three-light Perpendicular bell-openings and Perpendicular west window with reticulated and intersecting tracery and with foiled frieze below. West doorway has massive square dripmould and carved spandrels. Remainder of church of 1842-4 in Perpendicular style, built of coursed Delabole slate with granite dressings. Nave and chancel in one, five-light Perpendicular east window, north and south aisles with embattled parapets and five-light windows. The north aisle has polygonal stair turret. North porch and small north vestry in angle of aisle and chancel. South porch with another polygonal stair turret in the angle with south aisle. Interior: granite arcades of five bays. Remains of old stone reredos against west wall of south aisle. Stained glass south window by Morris and Co of 1897 and one by Kempe of 1900. Inscribed stone in south porch. Two tomb chests in churchyard east of church with inscribed stone tops dated 1648 and 1676. Path from lychgate to south porch made up with small 17th century gravestones inscribed with dates and initials.

Griffith, F. M., 1986, DAP/GK, 12-13 (Aerial Photograph). SDV12893.

Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N., 1989, The Buildings of England: Devon, 608 (Monograph). SDV325629.

National Monuments Record, 2012, 440818 (National Monuments Record Database). SDV349632.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV12893Aerial Photograph: Griffith, F. M.. 1986. DAP/GK. Devon Aerial Photograph. Photograph (Paper). 12-13.
SDV17562Monograph: Hoskins, W. G.. 1954. A New Survey of England: Devon. A New Survey of England: Devon. A5 Hardback. 447.
SDV233066Article in Serial: Higham, R. A.. 1977. Excavations at Okehampton Castle. Proceedings of the Devon Archaeological Society. 35. 4.
SDV266064Article in Serial: Copeland, G. W.. 1966. Proceedings at the 104th Annual Meeting. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 98. A5 Paperback. 25.
SDV325629Monograph: Cherry, B. + Pevsner, N.. 1989. The Buildings of England: Devon. The Buildings of England: Devon. Hardback Volume. 608.
SDV336555Article in Serial: Whittemore, P. J.. 1974 - 1977. Fragments of Monumental Brasses. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. Unknown. 134-5.
SDV341346Report - Survey: Timms, S. C.. 1976. The Devon Urban Survey, 1976. First Draft. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. A4 Unbound + Digital. 155.
SDV342832List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of Environment. 1983. Okehampton. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound.
SDV343861Report - Survey: King, A. C.. 1979. A30 Okehampton Bypass: Final Report. Devon Committee for Rescue Archaeology Report. Mixed Archive Material. No. 11.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital).
SDV349570Article in Serial: Worth, R. N.. 1895. Okehampton Beginnings. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 28. Unknown. 103, 111.
SDV349630Article in Serial: Williams, H. F.. 1959-1961. Rectors of Monkokehampton. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 28. Unknown. 183-6.
SDV349631Article in Serial: Prickman, J. D.. 1901. Fragmentary Notes of the French Prisoners in the West of England and Other Places in the First Part of the 19th Century.. Transactions of the Devonshire Association. 33. Unknown. 313.
SDV349632National Monuments Record Database: National Monuments Record. 2012. 440818. National Monuments Record Database. Website.
SDV81790Article in Serial: Watkin, H. R.. 1930 - 1934. Seven Hundred Years Ago. AD 1232. Transactions of the Torquay Natural History Society. 6. Unknown. 212.

Associated Monuments

MDV121337Related to: Cross at the Vicarage, Okehampton (Monument)
MDV4766Related to: Granite Cross, All Saints Churchyard (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Mar 14 2018 1:42PM