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St John the Baptist, Instow, Devon

(51°3′29″N, 4°10′18″W)
SS 479 310
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
4 June 2001

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Feature Sets

Within a raised circular graveyard. The church comprises nave, chancel, S aisle, S transept, W tower and S porch. The chancel and S transept are late 13thc. or early 14thc. (Pevsner 1989, 508). The nave, tower and N aisle are Perpendicular. The church was restored in 1872-3 by William White.


In 1066 Instow was held by Alward (Mart). After the Conquest Walter of Claville was Lord and tenant-in-chief. The Domesday Book also records a priest at Instow.





Clarke notes that the diagonal tooling (axe dressing) over the font body is modern.


St John Baptist, Instow, Historical Guide, n.p., n.d.

K. M. Clarke The Baptismal Fonts of Devon. Part VII, Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 51 (1919), 219.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 164.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 24, 26.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 508–509.