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St Mary the Virgin, Lifton, Devon

(50°38′32″N, 4°17′2″W)
SX 386 850
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
now Exeter and Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
15 September 2005

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Feature Sets

The church, the largest in West Devon, comprises chancel, nave, S aisle and W tower. The chancel is 14thc and the rest of the structure is substantially 15thc and 16thc. It was restored in 1871 (Pevsner 1989, 536; English Heritage listing: 1317823). It is mainly sandstone, with shale, and granite dressings. The only 12thc feature is the font.


Queen Edith held Lifton in 1066. After the Conquest, Colwin (the reeve) and Count Robert of Mortain held the manor. King William was tenant-in-chief.





This form of font, with heads at the angles, is more commonly, although not exclusively, found in Cornwall.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 182

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 1, 25.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 536.