Some Old Devon Churches

By J. Stabb

London: Simpkin et al (1908-16)

Page 51

Transcribed and edited by Dr Roger Peters

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Prepared by Michael Steer

Between 1908 and 1916, John Stabb, an ecclesiologist and photographer who lived in Torquay, published three volumes of Some Old Devon Churches and one of Devon Church Antiquities. A projected second volume of the latter, regarded by Stabb himself as a complement to the former, did not materialize because of his untimely death on August 2nd 1917, aged 52. Collectively, Stabb's four volumes present descriptions of 261 Devon churches and their antiquities.

CHAWLEIGH. St. James. The church is Perpendicular in style, and consists of chancel, nave, south aisle, south porch, and embattled west tower with six bells.

There is a good rood screen to chancel and aisle [plate 51]. The groining and cornices remain, but the whole screen is in a bad state and sadly needs restoration. The cresting is very tall, very possibly it came from a former rood loft gallery. The carving between the ribs of the groining is especially good. The south parclose is of good Perpendicular style.

The church is said to have been thoroughly restored in 1874 at a cost of over £1,000, but this restoration evidently cannot have extended to the screen.

The registers date: baptisms, 1544; marriages, 1547; burials, 1558.