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HER Number:MDV80644
Name:St. Peter's Church, Bideford East-the-Water


A good example of a late 19th century chapel-of-ease in the Victorian Gothic style.


Grid Reference:SS 457 262
Map Sheet:SS42NE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBideford
Ecclesiastical ParishBIDEFORD

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5253
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 490724

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL OF EASE (XIX - 1890 AD to 1890 AD (Throughout))

Full description

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

Council for the Care of Churches, 2002, Pastoral Measure Report: East the Water, St. Peter (Un-published). SDV347789.

Built in 1890 as a chapel-of-ease to the parish church in Bideford. Five-bay nave and 2-bay chancel, north vestries including organ chamber, south porch. Local slate stone with some Ham stone and other freestone dressings. There are replacement profiled concrete tiled roofs throughout.
Compact and quite simple in design. Nave and chancel with separate pitched roofs. West end has a window of three stepped lancets with cusped heads. Gable surmounted by small bell cupola with an iron cross finial. All other gables have stone finials.
Interior is whitewashed (old photographs show Victorian texts and a decorative scheme in the chancel). Much stained glass in the windows.
Stations of the cross donated by the Stella Maris Convent in 1987.
In reasonable state of repair. A serviceable building of no great architectural distinction but with some good quality fittings, particularly the Bishop's chair and chance screen and to a lesser extent the stained glass, organ and bell.

English Heritage, 2011, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV347072.

Church of St Peter.
Church; chapel-of-ease for the parish church. 1890. Dressed stone rubble. Double Roman clay tile roof with stone-coped gables with cross finials.
Plan: Broad nave with large south porch, chancel with polygonal apse and vestries on the north side. Early English Victorian Gothic style. Exterior: The nave has 2-light plate-tracery north and south wondows, the south in arched recesses, between buttresses with weathered set-offs, the easternmost of the south windows has been converted into a doorway. Triple-lancet at west end with stone bellcote over gable with buttresses and small obelisk-like finial surmounted by iron cross. Chancel has lancets and polygonal apse with cross-gables. Large gabled stone porch on south side.
Interior: Wide nave open to arch-braced timber roof, the trusses carried down to stone corbels; the chancel roof with intersecting trusses to apse. Large moulded chancel arch. Furnishings intact, including benches, choir stalls, organ, ornate wrought-iron screen and pulpit; stained glass by Hardman and from Arthur J. Dix's workshop; unaltered vestrey and choir vestrey. A good example of a late 19th century chapel-of-ease in the Victorian Gothic style.

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

Sources / Further Reading

SDV325644Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 1904 - 1906. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Second Edition Ordnance Survey 25 inch Map. Map (Digital).
SDV347072National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2011. National Heritage List for England. Website.
SDV347789Un-published: Council for the Care of Churches. 2002. Pastoral Measure Report: East the Water, St. Peter. Leaflet + Digital.
SDV348725Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2012. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey. Map (Digital). [Mapped feature: #107431 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV80643Related to: St. Peter's Church Hall, Bideford East-the-Water (Monument)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 8 2017 1:47PM