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HER Number:MDV9838
Name:St John the Baptist Parish Church, Tympanum


Norman tympanum at St John the Baptist parish church in Bishopsteignton


Grid Reference:SX 910 735
Map Sheet:SX97SW
Admin AreaDevon
Civil ParishBishopsteignton
Ecclesiastical ParishBISHOPSTEIGNTON

Protected Status: none recorded

Other References/Statuses

  • Old DCC SMR Ref: SX97SW/5/2

Monument Type(s) and Dates

  • FINDSPOT (Medieval - 1066 AD to 1539 AD (Between))

Full description

Ellis, A. C., The Church of St John the Baptist, Bishopsteignton (Leaflet). SDV339295.

Originally there was a south porch till about 1850 when church floor was raised to overcome damp. Porch then too low and removed to expose, over doorway, now walled up, the finest of Devon's tympana. Subject the magi and Virgin but Christ child now missing. Above is carved the lotus - behind magi is the star of the east and behind the Virgin the Rosa Mundi.

Drake, M., 1900, Norman Tympana in Devon, 188 (Article in Serial). SDV339310.

There is a fine Norman tympanum, in very good preservation, in the south wall of St John the Baptist parish church in Bishopsteignton. It is semi-elliptical and is divided into four niches, in each of which is a subject figure, the whole representing the adoration of the magi. The eastern-most niche contains figures of the blessed virgin and a child and the kings occupy the three other niches. It is outside the church.

Cresswell, B. F., 1927, Devonshire Churches: The Buildings and Builders, 153 (Article in Serial). SDV124362.

Reed, S. + Rance, C., 1994, Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Extension to St John the Baptist Church, Bishopsteignton, 5 (Report - Assessment). SDV339299.

A south porch once protected the tympanum. This was removed in circa 1851, when the floor was raised, rendering the doorway unusable.

Sources / Further Reading

SDV124362Article in Serial: Cresswell, B. F.. 1927. Devonshire Churches: The Buildings and Builders. Journal of the British Archaeological Association. 33. Unknown. 153.
SDV339295Leaflet: Ellis, A. C.. The Church of St John the Baptist, Bishopsteignton. Leaflet.
SDV339299Report - Assessment: Reed, S. + Rance, C.. 1994. Archaeological Assessment of a Proposed Extension to St John the Baptist Church, Bishopsteignton. Exeter Museums Archaeological Field Unit Report. 94.14. A4 Stapled + Digital. 5.
SDV339310Article in Serial: Drake, M.. 1900. Norman Tympana in Devon. Devon and Cornwall Notes and Queries. 1. Unknown. 188.

Associated Monuments

MDV9836Part of: Bishopsteignton, St John the Baptist's Parish Church (Building)
MDV121052Related to: Grandissons Cross, Bishopsteignton Church (Monument)

Associated Finds

  • FDV3412 - TYMPANUM (XI to Unknown - 1066 AD)

Associated Events: none recorded

Date Last Edited:Feb 10 2018 9:49AM