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Description: Church of St Gabriel and St Mary
Date Listed: 9 February 1961
English Heritage Building ID: 100666
OS Grid Reference: SX8491657135
OS Grid Coordinates: 284916, 57135
Latitude/Longitude: 50.4028, -3.6207
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SX 8457 STOKE GABRIEL CHURCH WALK
14/120 Church of St Gabriel
and St Mary
Parish Church. C13 west tower, remainder rebuilt in early C15, and restored in
1855. Rendered stone with red sandstone dressings and slate and lead roofs. Nave
and chancel in one with C19 three-light Perpendicular east window. Long north and
south aisles with C19 Perpendicular four-light windows in original openings with
hood moulds, two on north aisle with carved head and angel stops. The window at
the west end of the north side is C15, of four lights with panel tracery. The north
and south aisles have thin buttresses with set-offs and embattled parapet. The
north aisle has polygonal stair turret to rood loft. North doorway with hollow-
chamfered four-centred arch with crude leaf decoration, carved spandrels and label
with head stops and an old door. C13 west tower with batter and diagonal buttres-
ses, only half way up, with set-offs. Bell-openings with two pointed arch lights
and label. Embattled parapet, Perpendicular three-light west window over circa
1300 west doorway with two-centred chamfered arch with hood mould. Loops on north
and west sides to internal stairs. Late C19 vestry on south side. Interior: C15
four-bay north and south arcades with moulded four-centred arches on piers with
four shafts and wavy moulding between, and carved foliage capitals, the east piers
(at screen) have shields held by angels (restored). Unmoulded tower arch. Late
C19 roof, the nave an unceiled wagon roof, the chancel has wagon roof with painted
panels. Good early C15 wooden rood-screen, full width of church, restored and much
rebuilt in 1848 and 1928-31, but retaining painted wainscot panels depicting
Apostles and Prophets. C15 carved wooden octagonal pulpit with fan-spreading stem,
much restored in 1931 including the paint. Seating is mostly lace C19 but at west
end are two C15 benches and part of a third, with carved bench ends. Remains of
C18 or early C19 box pews in north and south aisles. C15 octagonal font with
quatrefoil panels. Painted Royal Arms. Late C19 stone reredos. Monuments: some
good wall monuments including Wife of Roger Pomeroy of Sandridge 1660, a slate
tablet in the Sandridge Chapel on the south side. Wall monuments in the chancel
including Tamosin Lyde 1663, tablet in shape of heart surrounded by laurel
branches, and Arthur Champerlowne 1700. The other wall monuments - Thomas Hicks
1801 (Rear Admiral) and John Knight 1808.
References: Devonshire Screens and Rood Lofts, Transactions of the Devonshire
Association, 1903. B F Cresswell, Notes on Devon Churches, Deanery of Totnes pp
266 to 281.
Listing NGR: SX8491657134
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