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All Saints, Merton, Devon

(50°53′22″N, 4°5′54″W)
SS 525 121
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
  • Hazel Gardiner
19 September 2001

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Feature Sets

The rubble-walled church comprises chancel; nave with S porch and S transept; N aisle, extending the full length of nave and chancel with a vestry on the NE; and W tower. The church is substantially 15thc. and was restored in 1872–5 by R. M. Fulford. The font is the only carved 12thc. feature


Thorkil held Merton in 1066. After the Conquest it was held by Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances who was also tenant-in-chief.





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


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 200.

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, 3,5.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 568