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St Nectan, Welcombe, Devon

(50°56′15″N, 4°31′24″W)
SS 228 184
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Devon
now Devon
medieval Exeter
now Exeter
medieval St Nectan
now St Nectan
  • Hazel Gardiner
4 June 2001

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Feature Sets

The church is a 12thc. cruciform structure of coursed rubble, with round-headed windows to transepts and tower. The tower arch is also round-headed. The plan of the chancel and nave may be pre-Conquest. The church was rebuilt in 1508 and the tower in 1731. The church was also restored in 1883–4 (Historic England listing: 1333126). The plain font is 11th or 12thc.


Before the Conquest Welcombe was held by Asgot (of Welcombe). By 1086 Wulfrun was Lord and Bishop Geoffrey of Coutances was tenant-in-chief.

The church was a chapel of the church of St Nectan of Hartland (Historic England listing:1333126; Pevsner 1989, 893).




F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 297.

C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, 3, 90.

N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 2nd ed., London, 1989, 893–4.