Some Old Devon Churches
By J. Stabb
London: Simpkin et al (1908-16)
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.
HOLSWORTHY. St. Peter and St. Paul. The church [plate 125a] consists of chancel, nave, north and south aisles, south porch, and west tower with eight bells. The chancel roof has carved bosses and corbels carved with angels. There is a priest's door in the chancel. The Perpendicular tower dates from about 1450, the chancel was rebuilt in 1882. The pulpit in use is modern, there is another with painted panels at the west end of the church. There are a few old tombstones, one in the south aisle is dated 1691.
There is a good piece of old stone carving [plate 125b] preserved on the west wall of the porch representing the Agnus Dei. I can obtain no information as to its original position.
The registers date from 1563.