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St Mary, Honeychurch, Devon

(50°48′30″N, 3°56′50″W)
SS 629 028
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St James
now St Mary
  • Hazel Gardiner
14 September 2005

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The church has nave, chancel, W tower and S porch. The nave and chancel are 12thc. The two-stage, crenellated W tower was added in the 15thc. and the S porch in the early 16thc. A number of features survive from the original church, including two windows. one in the S wall of the chancel above a 13thc. door and one reset in the N wall of the nave. There are pink sandstone quoins at chancel E end. The angles of the nave are obscured by buttresses. 12thc. sculpture is found on two reset corbels and the font.


Alwin (Blaec) held Honeychurch before the Conquest. In 1085 Walter (the butler) is recorded as the Lord, and Baldwin the Sheriff as tenant-in-chief.


Interior Features

Interior Decoration





Clarke states that part of the font was cut away 'to accommodate a pew' (Clarke 1913, 325). Stabb includes a photograph of the font showing it placed against W wall (Stabb, 1908-16, 126c).


J. Stabb, Some Old Devon Churches 1906–16, 126, pl. 126c. (online edition: http://www.wissensdrang.com/stabb121.htm#126)

K. M. Clarke, 'The Baptismal Fonts of Devon: Part I', Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 45 (1913), 324–5.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed. 1989, 493.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Phillimore: Chichester, 1985, 16,27.