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St James, Bondleigh, Devon

(50°49′40″N, 3°55′0″W)
SS 651 049
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St James
now St James
  • Hazel Gardiner
14 September 2005

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The church has chancel, nave with N aisle and arcade of three bays, S porch, and W tower. Although now mainly Perp., evidence of the earlier 12thc. church may be seen in the round-headed tall, narrow S doorway to the chancel (the exterior is later) and the S doorway to the nave. Romanesque sculpture is found on two reset fragments in the E wall of the N aisle, on the font and on the S doorway. There are pink sandstone quoins on the S nave angles and chancel angles which may indicate the angles of the 12thc. church. Similar stones are used on the porch angles. Other building materials include a shale-like stone, with granite frequently used in the later work.


At the time of DS The Bishop of Coutances was tenant-in-chief of Bondleigh, and the Lord was Drogo, son of Mauger. Before the conquest it was held by Aldwin/Alwin.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration





F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 57.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 3, 20.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 1989, 2nd edition 1999, 188.