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St Mary, Marystow, Devon

(50°37′29″N, 4°12′50″W)
SX 435 829
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Hazel Gardiner
16 September 2005

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The church has nave with S porch, chancel, N aisle and N arcade of six bays extending the length of the nave, and W tower. There is also a shallow two-bay chapel on on the S side of the S aisle, level with the chancel. The original 12thc. church probably had nave and chancel, and the head of a plain, blocked round window is visible at the W end of the nave. Historic England suggests that the masonry of the S wall may indicate that there was a 13thc. transept and that the church may have been cruciform in plan in the 13thc. with the chancel remodelled in the 14thc. (English Heritage Listing: 1326319) The N aisle and tower are 15thc. The shallow chapel at the E end of the N arcade was originally 15thc. but added in the 19thc. Romanesque sculpture survives on the label from a reset section of a 12thc. doorway, above the current S doorway, and on the font. The church is constructed of shale and granite.


There is no record for Marystow in the Domesday Book.


Exterior Features





F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 198.

Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 564.