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HER Number:MDV8522
Name:St Thomas, Kingswear


Parish church since 1837, before which it was a Chapel of Ease from St Mary's Brixham. The 14th century tower is all that remains of the early 13th century church, and the remainder was rebuilt in 1847.


Grid Reference:SX 882 510
Map Sheet:SX85SE
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishKingswear
DistrictSouth Hams
Ecclesiastical ParishKINGSWEAR

Protected Status

Other References/Statuses

  • Church of England HER: 5089
  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX85SE/10
  • Old Listed Building Ref (II): 100571

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • CHAPEL OF EASE (XIII to XIX - 1201 AD to 1837 AD (Between))
  • PARISH CHURCH (XIX to XXI - 1837 AD to 2014 AD (Between))

Full description

Russell, P. + Yorke, G., Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV152781.

Church of st. Thomas, kingswear. There is the possibility of an earlier chapel having existed on the site of the present church. It had a burial ground and is sited close to the main open wells of the village, as many celtic chapels are (russell + yorke).

HOLDSWORTH + SMART, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172451.

Once in the patronage of the premonstratensian canons of tor and served by a priest appointed by that house. Tradition says he resided in the tower, which has a fireplace on the first storey. The church became decayed, and was pulled down with the exception of the tower (holdsworth + smart).

1963, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172453.

"church" marked on os 6" (1904) but not on os 6" (1963) (os).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172454.

Watkin, h. R. /tda/43(1911)162-4/the foundation and early history of dartmouth and kingswear churches.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172455.

Russell, p. + yorke, g. /tda/85(1953)59/kingswear and its neighbourhood.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172456.

Hoskins, w. G. /devon/(1954)421.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172457.

Holdsworth, a. + smart, j. /arch j. /3(1846)263-265.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172458.


Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172459.

Cresswell, b. F. /notes on devon churches,deanery of ipplepen/159-164.

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172460.

Weddell, p. J. + turton, s. D. /preliminary archaeological assessment of dartmouth sewage treatment works/(1992)2,6/(emafu report 92.56).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV172461.

Des=os 6"(1904)128sw.

Department of Environment, Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV326470.

For discoveries made during the work, see sx85se/10/4. Parish church of st. Thomas of canterbury since 1837, before which it was a chapel of ease from st. Mary's brixham. C14 tower of slate rubble is all that remains of the medieval (early c13) church. The remainder rebuilt in 1847 by j. Hayward of exeter in local limestone rubble with freestone dressings in a decorated style. Slate roofs. Nave and chancel is one and south aisle with 2 light north and south windows. Gabled south porch. See doe list for full details (doe).

Untitled Source (Migrated Record). SDV335.

Church was rebuilt, except for tower, in 1845 (hoskins).

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

Waterhouse, R., Unknown, Dartmouth Conservation Area: Archaeology, 2 (Un-published). SDV355585.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV152781Migrated Record: Russell, P. + Yorke, G..
SDV172451Migrated Record: HOLDSWORTH + SMART.
SDV172453Migrated Record: 1963.
SDV172454Migrated Record:
SDV172455Migrated Record:
SDV172456Migrated Record:
SDV172457Migrated Record:
SDV172458Migrated Record:
SDV172459Migrated Record:
SDV172460Migrated Record:
SDV172461Migrated Record:
SDV326470Migrated Record: Department of Environment.
SDV335Migrated Record:
SDV355585Un-published: Waterhouse, R.. Unknown. Dartmouth Conservation Area: Archaeology. Digital. 2.
SDV355681Cartographic: Ordnance Survey. 2014. MasterMap. Ordnance Survey Digital Mapping. Digital. [Mapped feature: #108626 ]

Associated Monuments

MDV106830Parent of: Kingswear World War I Memorial Board, St Thomas's Church (Monument)
MDV106833Parent of: Kingswear World War II Memorial Board, St Thomas's Church (Monument)
MDV35821Related to: Lychgate, St Thomas's Church (Building)

Associated Finds: none recorded

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Dec 7 2017 1:01PM