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All Saints, Clovelly, Devon

(51°0′4″N, 4°24′41″W)
SS 309 252
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
6 Jun 2001

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Originally 12thc. cruciform, with a W tower, the church was extensively rebuilt in the course of the 15thc. – 16thc. and now consists of nave, chancel, W tower, S transept, N aisle with a four-bay arcade, S porch and S vestry. It is built of rubble and coursed rubble. The church was restored in 1843, when the porch was rebuilt, and 1884. (Historic England listing: 1333106) The round arch to the tower is 12thc. Romanesque sculpture is found on the font and the entrance to the S porch.


Before the Conquest Clovelly was held by Brictric (son of Algar). In 1086 King William was Lord and tenant-in-chief.


Exterior Features





N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 269–270

W. Griggs, A Guide to All Saint’s, Clovelly. n.p., n.d.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 90.

K. M. Clarke, 'The Baptismal Fonts of Devon', part 6, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 51, 1916, 219–220.