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HER Number:MDV8117
Name:Dartington, St Mary's


Parish church, built 1878-80, reusing some material from the medieval church.


Grid Reference:SX 785 626
Map Sheet:SX76SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishDartington
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishDARTINGTON

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5158
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX76SE/13
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II*): 101021

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • PARISH CHURCH (XIX - 1878 AD to 1880 AD (Between))

Full description

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177625.

St. Mary's church. The new parish church (old church stood sw of dartington hall). Built 1878-80. 'a good but not thrilling church: detail all in very good taste'. Some fragments and fittings from the old church were re-used, notably the south porch with handsome star vault. Screen similar to staverton re-used, also pulpit (pevsner).

SX76SE/9, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177862.

Each stone of the old church (sx76se/9) was numbered before demolition, and it was re-erected (with the exception of the tower) on the present site. Consists of nave, aisles, chancel and south porch, with new west tower. The screen from the old church is 15th century, renovated. Hammer beam roof, also from old church. Pulpit is temp. Henry vii.

PF, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177864.

Copy of watercolour of pre-demolition church in parish file (pf).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177865.

Pevsner, n. /buildings of england: south devon/(1952)99.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177866.

Thompson, a. H. /arch. J. /70(1913)484.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177867.

Doe/hhr:totnes rural district:dartington/(-/3/1970)9.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177868.

Des=copy watercolour in parish file (under sx76se/9).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV177869.

Des=ccc/dartington st mary, old tower, devon (exeter)/(15/3/1995)/in pf.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326404.

Church of st. Mary. Erected on new site c 1880 by j. L. Pearson and incorporating old work from medieval church near the hall. The fine c15 porch with its stone vaulting has been incorporated. Good c15 rood screen and pulpit. The font and other details are from the old church (doe).

Ordnance Survey, 2014, MasterMap (Cartographic). SDV355681.

English Heritage, 2014, National Heritage List for England (National Heritage List for England). SDV355683.

Parish church. 1878-80 by J L Pearson, reusing some material from the medieval church. Snecked grey limestone ashlar with Bathstone dressings. Slate roofs. Plan: Nave, north and south aisles and chancel under one roof; west tower; south porch with chamber over and vestry on the north side of the chancel in the angle with the north aisle Perpendicular style. All of one build 1878-90 but incorporating some reused material from the medieval church which was demolished in 1873 except for the tower (qv) which is situated immediately to the west of Dartington Hall (qv). The reused material includes the following:- the vaulting of the south porch, parts of the porch doorway, the south doorway and door, the parapet copings, tracery in the south corridor of the chancel and the window in the east end of the south aisle; possibly also the doorways to the rood stairs; the reused furnishings include the font and the rood screen which was much restored when re-erected as was the pulpit. Exterior: The north and south aisles have embattled parapets with reused granite moulded coping, buttresses with set-offs and large 4-light Perpendicular style 2-centred arch windows. The 3-light window at the east end of the south aisle has reused late C14 decorated star tracery. Both the north and south aisles have octagonal rood stair turrets with battlements and short crocheted spires. The south aisle has a 2-storey porch with diagonal buttresses and moulded doorway with quatrefoils and mouchettes in the spandrels; the jambs and parts of the hoodmould are reused material; 2-light lancet to the chamber above the porch. In the angle on the west side of the porch a polygonal stair turret, to the chamber above, with battlements which continue around the porch parapet. the chancel has taller panelled parapets with crocheted pinnacles at the east gable end rising from the set-back buttresses; the east gable apex has a canopied niche with short pinnacles, and a cross above, containing the figure of the Virgin Mary and Christ. At the corners of the chancel are gargoyles. 5-light Perpendicular style traceried east window and 4-light Perpendicular traceried north and south windows of the chancel; the south window has reused C15 panel tracery. The low vestry on the north side of the chancel has a flat roof and straight-headed traceried windows. West Tower: in 2 storeys with diagonal buttresses, panelled frieze with quatrefoils at the first stage level; large bell openings with reticulared tracery quatrefoil louvres, pinnacled ogee arches, tall panelled embattled parapet with large crocheted pinnacles and gargoyles at the corners and pinnacles on each side; niche on side containing statue of Hems of Exeter; 4-light Perpendicular style west window; polygonal stair turret on the north side of tower with panelled battlements; the stair turret rises only up to the belfry. The tower has a deep moulded plinth, its base moulding is continued around the aisles, porch and the chancel, but at the chancel it is only the base moulding again to a deeper plinth. Interior: the south porch has C15 star vault from the medieval church, with moulded tiercerons and ribs which spring from an gel corbels and have carved bosses at the intersections. The south doorway has a reused moulded arch and reused door with carved cover moulds and traces of colour. Rendered internal walls. 5-bay north and south arcades with deeply moulded tall 2-centred arches on piers with clustered shafts with moulded capitals and bases. Tall tower arch with deep mouldings and respond shaft with keel moulding. The nave roof continues over the chancel and has windbraces, hammerbeams on stone corbels, the hammerbeam truss over the rood screen is coupled to form a ceilure. The aisle roofs are lean-tos with arched bracing on corbels. The piscina and sedilia are built into the low cill of the south window of the chancel. The moulded doorways to the rood stairs are probably reused from the medieval church. Fine C15 rood screen from the medieval church much rebuild in 1913 by Hems of Exeter. The octagonal carved wooden pulpit also re-erected from the old church. The seating is entirely late C19 or early C20, with panelled bench ends; the choir stalls have ends with carved leaves. The altar from the old church was installed in 1838 by Archdeacon Froude and is made from timber from Dartington Halls's hall roof. The wrought iron altar rails and reredos are 1909. The font is probably C15 with octagonal Beerstone stem with panelled sides and later plain octagonal granite bowl. The tower screen is circa 1911 to 1913 but incorporates C18 wooden balusters. The bells were cast in 1880 and the clock was erected in 1893. Stained glass east window by Clayton and Bell.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV177625Migrated Record:
SDV177862Migrated Record: SX76SE/9.
SDV177864Migrated Record: PF.
SDV177865Migrated Record:
SDV177866Migrated Record:
SDV177867Migrated Record:
SDV177868Migrated Record:
SDV177869Migrated Record:
SDV326404Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #107931 ]
SDV355683National Heritage List for England: English Heritage. 2014. National Heritage List for England. Historic Houses Register. Website.

Associated Monuments

MDV90033Parent of: Dartington World War I Memorial Plaque, St Mary's Church (Monument)
MDV106702Parent of: Dartington World War II Memorial Tablet, St Mary's Church (Monument)
MDV8141Related to: St Mary's Church Tower, Dartington (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 8 2017 9:49AM