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St Michael, Horwood, Devon

(51°1′44″N, 4°8′10″W)
SS 503 277
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
4 June 2001

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Feature Sets

The church comprises, chancel, nave with N aisle and S porch, and W tower. There is 13thc. fabric in the chancel and probably also the nave. The tower and N aisle were added in the 15thc.

The church was restored in 1888-9 by Haward and Tait (Pevsner 1989, 496). The font is the only 12thc. feature.


Before the Conquest, Horwood was held by Oswulf. By 1086, the Lord was Drogo (son of Mauger) and the tenant-in-chief was Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances.





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


The Church of St Michael Horwood, Historical Notes, n.p., n.d.

F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899,158.

K. M. Clarke The Baptismal Fonts of Devon. Part VII, Report and Transactions of the Devonshire Association, 52 (1920), 327–35.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 3, 17.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 496–7.