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St Bridget, Bridestowe, Devon

(50°41′10″N, 4°6′17″W)
SX 514 895
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
15 Sep 2005

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Feature Sets

The church has chancel, nave with N and S aisles and arcades of three bays and S porch, and W tower. The tower appears to be early 13thc. as a simple, blocked pointed window in the S wall may suggest. There is also a blocked pointed window in the S wall of the S arcade. There is a blocked doorway with a depressed arch in the N wall of the N aisle and the tower arch is also depressed. The church seems mainly Perp. 12thc. sculpture is found on a reset doorway used as the churchyard entrance, to the S of the church. The fabric of the church is mainly granite, in regular blocks although the N wall has shale interspersed with the granite. The tower is shale with granite quoins.


Before the Conquest Bridestowe was held by: Godwin; (another) Godwin; the Abbey of St Mary and St Rumon, Tavistock; Edmer; Doda; (another) Doda; and Saewin (Tuft). In 1086 Baldwin the sheriff is tenant-in-Chief. Ralph of Pomeroy holds the manor.


Exterior Features



N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 1989 (1999), 211.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 16,7.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 64.