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St John the Baptist, Stowford, Devon

(50°39′44″N, 4°13′6″W)
SX 433 871
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
13 September 2005

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The church has chancel, nave with N and S aisles and a S porch, and W tower. The structure is predominantly Perpendicular. The N aisle was rebuilt in Perpendicular style by G. G. Scott n 1874. The fabric is red sandstone and granite. The font may have originally been 12thc., recut at a later date, and two carved stones reused as bases on the S porch doorway may also be of 12thc. date.


Before the Conquest Stowford was held by Saewin. After 1086 Ralph (Vitalis) held the manor and the tenant-in-chief was Odo son of Gamalin.


Exterior Features





The Historic England listing suggests that the font may be of the 12thc., recut in the 15thc. and that the mouldings on the angles of the bowl may have been profile heads above chamfered corners (Historic England listing:1105532). Fonts with human heads carved on the angles are not uncommon in Devon.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 270.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 42, 2.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 769–80.