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St Mary, Bideford, Devon

(51°0′58″N, 4°12′24″W)
SS 453 264
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Hazel Gardiner
4 June 2001

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Feature Sets

The church is substantially 19thc., having been rebuilt by Edward Ashworth in 1862-3. The W tower is medieval. The only Romanesque feature is the font.


At the time of DS Bideford was held by Britrich, and later by Queen Matilda, wife of William I. On Matilda's death in 1083 her property reverted to William.




Clarke records that the Bideford font was restored to the church in the early 19thc. having been 'turned out and put to base uses' previous to this. A drawing of the font, now held by the British Library (Additional MS 36361) was made by John Buckler in 1827.

The font is mentioned in Magna Britannia.


C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, I: 1, 60.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 1952, 2nd edition 1989, 174-5.

K. M. Clarke, 'The Baptismal Fonts of Devon', part 4, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 48, 1916, 305-6.

S. and D. Lysons, Magna Britannia, 6, 1822, 5.