Preface and Contents


Ecclesiastical Antiquities of Devon:

Being Observations on Many Churches in Devonshire.

Originally Published in the Exeter and Plymouth Gazette, with a Letter on the Preservation and Restoration of Our Churches


Dr George Oliver

Exeter: Printed by E. Woolmer, Gazette Office (1828). xiii, 177 pp.

Provided by Michael Steer

The author was born at Newington in Surrey in 1781; died at Exeter in 1861. Oliver lived and died a secular priest. As a student of archaeology he acquired considerable fame, and although some of his conclusions are not accepted at the present day, yet considering the limited sources of knowledge that were available when he lived, his researches show both industry and judgement. Most of his work had a local bearing. He became a well-known authority on the history and antiquities of Devonshire, about which he wrote several standard works. An original copy of the text is held at the Harvard College Library and a complete electronic copy may be downloaded from Google Books. Google has sponsored the digitisation of books from several libraries. These books, on which copyright has expired, are available for free educational and research use, both as individual books and as full collections to aid researchers.


THIS Volume is the joint production of two Gentlemen who have for some time been devoting their attention to the Antiquities of this County. The articles signed 'Curiosus' are by the Rev. GEORGE OLIVER, of Exeter. The Introduction, and the remainder of the volume are by the Rev. J. P. JONES, of North Bovey. These notices originally appeared in the EXETER AND PLYMOUTH GAZETTE, and I have been induced to publish them in a volume, at the request of several persons, who were anxious that they should be preserved in a less perishable form than the columns of a Newspaper. I am happy to say, that I have reason to believe the Authors are still pursuing their researches, and that the public will be further benefitted by their labours.




Kenton 1

St. Mary Major's, Exeter 6

Chudleigh 9

Heavitree 12

Ide 18

Ideford 21

Kenne 21

St. Thomas's, near Exeter 28

St. Petrock's, Exeter 32

Alphington 37

Bishop's Teignton 42

West Teignmouth 44

Collumpton 46'

Broadclist 52

St. Olave's, Exeter 55

King's Teignton 59

Highweek 60

Newton Bushell 61

St. Mary Church 63

Coffinswell 64

Kingscarswell 65

Bovey Tracey or South Bovey 69

Woolborough 72

Torre Mohun 76

Moreton Hampstead 82

llsington 84

Lustleigh 88

North Bovey 92

Clystwyck or Clyst St. George 94

St Leonard's 98

Haccombe 103

Axminster 108

Membury 113

Kilmington 114

Bampton 115

Witheridge 118

Templeton 120

Paignton 123

Marldon 125

Calwodelegh or Calverleigh 126

Otterton 129

Washfield 133

Loxbear or Loxysbere 135

Ashton 137

Trusham 139

Ashcombe 140

Ashburton 141

Bickington 146

Buckland in the Moor 147

Hennock 148

Widdecombe in the Moor 151

Manaton 156

Inwardleigh 158

Tomb in Morthoe Church 161


St German's 165

Bodmin 167

Tywardreth 169

St Michael's Mount 170

Launceston Priory 172

Minster or Talthar 173

Glasney 174