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Church of St Mary

A Grade II* Listed Building in Bideford, Devon

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Latitude: 51.0164 / 51°0'58"N

Longitude: -4.2056 / 4°12'20"W

OS Eastings: 245386

OS Northings: 126423

OS Grid: SS453264

Mapcode National: GBR KJ.JBDG

Mapcode Global: FRA 262F.HC5

Entry Name: Church of St Mary

Listing Date: 8 November 1949

Grade: II*

Source: Historic England

Source ID: 1200893

English Heritage Legacy ID: 375791

Location: Bideford, Torridge, Devon, EX39

County: Devon

District: Torridge

Civil Parish: Bideford

Built-Up Area: Bideford

Traditional County: Devon

Lieutenancy Area (Ceremonial County): Devon

Church of England Parish: Bideford St Mary

Church of England Diocese: Exeter

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Listing Text


842-1/6/75 (South side)
08/11/49 Church of St Mary


Parish Church. Probably C15; all but the tower rebuilt by
Edward Ashworth in 1862-5. Fittings and monuments retained
from old church. Stone rubble, with limestone details. Slate
Nave, N and S aisles with attached chapel on N, chancel, N and
S chancel chapels, N and S porches, W tower. Both medieval and
C19 parts in Perpendicular style.
3-stage tower with angle-buttresses at NW and SW corners;
set-back buttresses at east end of north and south faces.
5-sided stair-turret on N face. Pointed-arched W doorway with
double-ogee mouldings; C19 ribbed door with ornamental
strap-hinges. Above it a 4-light traceried window with pointed
arch (restored). Second stage has single-light windows with
cinquefoil arches in N and S faces (both restored); that to S
has square-headed slit window above it. 2-light apertures in
each face, that to east apparently reduced in height to insert
a clock; the other 3 openings have pointed arches, each light
beneath having itself a plain pointed arch. Stair-turret has
pointed-arched doorway (probably C19) with plank door having
ornamental strap-hinges; 5 original slit windows. Tower
finished with battlemented parapet.
C19 body of church has traceried windows, mostly of 3, 4, or 5
lights; pointed arches, except for 4-centred ones on N and S
sides of chancel chapels; hood-moulds have dramatic
high-relief male and female heads as terminals.
INTERIOR: nave has 6-bay aisle-arcades with 4-centred arches;
similar 2-bay arcades in chancel. nave and S aisle have false
hammerbeam roofs; arch-braced roofs over N aisle and chancel;
wagon roofs over chancel chapels. Fittings: Norman stone font
with scalloped bowl having carved panels and cable-mouldings.
Doors in tower arch made up of early C16 carved bench-ends.
C19 pulpit; white marble veined with orange; green and red
marble attached columns; attached figure of Christ. Glass
screen between the N aisle and chapel engraved by Peter Tysoe,
1982. Several stained glass windows, including east window by
A Gibbs, 1865, and north window by Dix.
Monuments: traceried stone screen between chancel and south
chapel incorporating tomb of Sir Thomas Graynfild (d.1514);
chest with quatrefoil panels carrying recumbent figure in
armour; south aisle has wall monument with high-relief bust of
John Strange, merchant (d.1646), four times mayor of Bideford;
inscription recording his work during the plague, of which he
(The Buildings of England: Cherry B: Devon (2nd edition):
London: 1989-: P.174, 176).

Listing NGR: SS4538626423

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