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Holy Cross, Highampton, Devon

(50°49′19″N, 4°8′47″W)
SS 489 047
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
17 and 18 September 2001

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The church, of coursed rubble with some granite, comprises chancel, nave with N aisle and a vestry at the end of this, S porch and W tower. The tower is late 15thc. and the rest of the church was rebuilt in 1837, although it may previously have been rebuilt in the 15thc. (Historic England listing: 1165844). It was restored in 1876. It origins however, are 12thc. and the two survivals from this period are the S doorway and the font.


Before the Conquest Brictmer of Rillaton held Highampton. In 1086 the Lord was Roger (of Meulles) and the tenant-in-chief Baldwin the sheriff.


Exterior Features





Pevsner considers the capitals to be 'somewhat dubious'

Pevsner likens the font to a similar example in Fowey, Cornwall.


Historic England Listing: https://www.historicengland.org.uk/listing/the-list/list-entry/1165844

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 151.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 16, 19.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989,480