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Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta, Newton St Cyres

Description: Church of St Cyriac and St Julitta

Grade: I
Date Listed: 26 August 1965
English Heritage Building ID: 96381

OS Grid Reference: SX8792997996
OS Grid Coordinates: 287929, 97996
Latitude/Longitude: 50.7707, -3.5907

Location: A377, Newton St Cyres, Devon EX5 5BL

Locality: Newton St Cyres
Local Authority: Mid Devon District Council
County: Devon
Country: England
Postcode: EX5 5BL

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Listing Text

SX 89 NE
- Church of St Cyriac and St
26.8.65 Julitta

Parish church. Earlier Medieval origins, extensively rebuilt with new north side
in early C15. Porch probably added in late C16 - early C17. Restored 1914-21.
Rubble walls include sections of dressed, volcanic (Posbury) stone. Beerstone
details. Slate roofs. Early Perpendicular style throughout. Nave of 3 long bays
with south porch and chapel: north aisle including Lady Chapel under separate roof:
west tower. Some external detail restored but most tracery is original: window to
left of porch with traces of early ;ink colour and hoods with carved faces: tower
of 2 stages with low diagonal buttresses to west, embattled parapet and 5-sided
stair-turret to south projecting above tower as an octagon with embattled parapet
and C18, wrought-iron weathercock. C18 painted wooden clock-face remains on north
side without the single hand. South porch has moulded, round-headed arch, small,
beerstone niche under gable and ceiled, wagon-roof with carved bosses and
crenellated wall-plates. North elevation divided into 5 bays by buttresses
incorporating small beerstone, canopied niches, some of which contain contemporary
figure sculpture, with embattled parapet and restored finials. Interior: nave,
chancel and aisle have largely-original, ceiled, wagon-roofs with carved bosses.
Tall, round-headed rear-arch of south door with chamfered surround. Mutilated
stoup to left. Tall, unmoulded tower arch with imposts may be earlier than main
build. South wall has blocked door to rood loft. Moulded chancel-arch to slightly
lower chancel. 4-bay, Beerstone arcade between nave and aisle; moulded piers with
foliate capitals (Pevsner's B-type). Similar double-thickness arch with recessed
panels and trefoil heads between chancel and north aisle. Windows of north aisle
have moulded rear-arches with shafts and capitals. In Lady Chapel piscina of c1400
with nodding ogee arch and pinnacled shafts. Nearby, in the east wall, the aumbry
has small, C16. carved-oak door (probably Flemish). Late C19 reredos and C20
furnishings and font. In the tower stands a clock made 1711 by Lewes Pridham of
Sandford (restored circa 1970). C17 framed staircase with turned balusters to
first floor. C18 mahogony pulpit with large sounding board surmounted by guilded
dove. C18 altar rails and C20 oak lectern includes C16 carved-chestnut panel, high
quality Flemish or Spanish work, depicting Jesus washing his disciples feet. Near
the south door unusual painted arms of James II, dated 1685. In north aisle four
hatchments bearing Quicke-family arms. At east end of north aisle very fine,
large, marble monument to Sir John Northcotte (1570-1632) of Hayne Barton, erected
by his son whose lifesize figure kneels below with his wife and children. Sir John
is represented in armour beneath the Northcotte arms and the heads of his father
and grandfather, and is flanked by oral medallions showing half-profiles of his two
wives. It is unrestored and retains some original paint. On the south wall of
chancel, a small marble monument to the young Sherland Short (1632) represented as
a student. Other good C17, C18 and C19 monuments. The bell chamber was not

Listing NGR: SX8793097997

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Source: English Heritage

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