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St Thomas of Canterbury, Northlew, Devon

(50°46′26″N, 4°7′18″W)
SX 505 993
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
15 September 2005

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The church has chancel, nave with N and S aisles and S porch, and a W tower. A vestry abuts the tower and the N aisle. The tower is late 12thc. and has a plain round-headed window in the S wall on the first stage and two others on the N and S faces of the second stage. There is a pointed tower arch. This is featureless apart from hollow-chamfered imposts with a groove along the upright. There is a late 12thc or early 13thc. W doorway and a 12thc. font. The rest of the church is 15thc. and 16thc. It was restored in 1885 by Fulford of Exeter (Historic England listing: 1147443). It is built of red sandstone ashlar except the tower which is of shale rubble. The W doorway and the font are the only features with Romanesque sculpture.


Before the Conquest the manor was held by Brictric (son of Algar). By 1086 King William held the land directly.


Exterior Features





C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 1, 57.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 602.