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St Peter, Berrynarbor, Devon

(51°12′8″N, 4°3′40″W)
SS 561 468
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Hazel Gardiner
5 June 2001

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Feature Sets

The church is substantially 15thc. but with a number of earlier features. The nave has an 12thc. N chapel (originally the N transept of a cruciform church and now the vestry). This has a 12thc. round-headed arch, plain except for a hollow-chamfered impost with a groove along the upright. The chancel is 13thc., the S aisle is c.1500 and the W tower is of c. 1480. The church was restored in 1862 and in 1887-9. Romanesque sculpture is found on the font.


At the time of DS Berrynarbor was among the lands of Walter of Douai and was held by Walscin. Before the Conquest it was held by Edith.




Clarke considers this font to be one of the earliest of its type in Devon.

Other fonts in Devon churches which take the form of a triple or multi-scallop capital are found in Ashford, Burrington, Christow, Halberton, Horwood, Ilfracombe, Merton, Molland, Netherexe, Stoke St Nectan, Weare Giffard and West Down (Clarke 1920, 327–35).


St Peter's Church, Berrynarbor, church guide, 1988.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, I, 23, 2.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 1952, 2nd edition 1989, 164-165.

K. M. Clarke, 'The Baptismal Fonts of Devon', part 6, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 52, 1920, 327-35.