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HER Number:MDV74902
Name:St John The Baptist Church, Newcomen Road, Dartmouth


Roman Catholic church, nave dates to 1868-9, chancel to 1873-6, built with adjacent the priest's house, with a linking block making an overall U-plan.


Grid Reference:SX 877 510
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartmouth
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishST.SAVIOURS

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 387300

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • ROMAN CATHOLIC CHURCH (XIX - 1801 AD to 1900 AD (Between))

Full description

Ordnance Survey, 1855-1895, First Edition 1:500 Town Map (Cartographic). SDV338879.

' St John the Baptist's R. C. Church Seats for 140' shown. Map object based on this source.

Department of National Heritage, 1994, Dartmouth, 175 (List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest). SDV157498.

Roman Catholic church. Nave 1868-9, chancel 1873-6 by JA Hansom, architect. Local limestone rubble laid to rough courses, Bathstone dressings (some replaced with concrete in the late 20th century); slate roof. Plan: Church was built with No.20, the priest's house, with a linking block making an overall U-plan. Nave is end onto the street with apsidal western chancel. Gallery at street end. Doorway into right (north) side from the link block which runs along the street. Exterior: Minimal early Decorated style. Tall gable end on chamfered plinth to street. 2 window front. Paired trefoil-headed lancets to the lower level, taller lancets above and roundel above them, all with tracery based on trefoils. Image niche between the upper lancets with Gothic canopy and pinnacles. Bathstone quoins and bands at window sill and arch level although most replaced with concrete. Front of the link block to right in same style. Doorway a 2-centred arch with hoodmould containing plank door with Gothic-style ferramenta. Small lancet above lighting the steps inside and presumably secondary gabled dormer above that. Chancel has 2 arched, almost triangular-headed, windows with tracery making 3 quatrefoils. Interior: Door into nave similar to external one. Nave has plastered walls, floor of 20th century plastic tiles and 4-bay roof of open scissor-braced trusses. Tall chancel arch springing from slender columns standing on corbels, and similar columns to the ribbed roof of the chancel. Trefoil-headed arch to piscina. Stone altar with blind Gothic arcade to marble panels. Ornate Gothic-style reredos with carved figures in niches either side of taller central niche with tall canopy for the cross. Another similar, but less ornate, reredos against south wall behind a plainer stone altar. 20th century communion rail. Plain joinery to the gallery and benches. This modest church adds variety to an attractive street of predominantly 19th century architecture.

Ordnance Survey, 2013, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV350786.

Map object based on this source.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV157498List of Blds of Arch or Historic Interest: Department of National Heritage. 1994. Dartmouth. Historic Houses Register. A4 Comb Bound. 175.
SDV338879Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1855-1895. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. First Edition 1:500 Town Map. Map (Digital).
SDV350786Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2013. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital.

Associated Monuments

MDV74901Related to: 20 Newcomen Road, Dartmouth (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Apr 12 2013 4:00PM