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St Mary, Bratton Clovelly, Devon

(50°42′19″N, 4°10′35″W)
Bratton Clovelly
SX 464 918
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
13 September 2005

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Feature Sets

The church has chancel, nave with N and S aisles and three-bay arcades, W tower with vestry to S, and S porch. The W tower is Perp. in its upper stages but could be 13thc. at the lowest stage. There is a blocked, plain pointed arch on the N wall of the tower, which indicates that there may have been a late 12thc. or early 13thc. N transept. Traces of a blocked, plain pointed arch survive on the S tower wall. This connects to the S aisle, suggesting that a S transept existed. S and N arches are out of alignment. The nave is 14thc. The chancel may be earlier 14thc. (Historic England Listing). The aisles are 15thc, as is the porch. The church was restored in 1891-2. Of granite and rubble with granite dressings. The tower is of coursed granite blocks.Romanesque sculpture is found on the late 12thc. font.


At the time of DS Bratton Clovelly was held by Baldwin the Sherrif. Before the Conquest it was held by Britric.





The font is very similar to that at Ashwater. Clarke and Bond draw attention to a number of fonts in Cornwall of this type. These are: Altarnun, Callington, Jacobstowe, Landrake, Laneast, St Thomas (Launceston), Lawhitton, Tideford (St Germans), and Warbstowe. (Clarke, 214; Bond 151, 155).


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 63.

F. Bond, Fonts and Font Covers, London, 1985, 151, 155.

K. M. Clarke, 'The Baptismal Fonts of Devon', part 6, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 51, 1916, 214

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 16, 5.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, London, 1952, 2nd edition 1989, 205-6.