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.
HUXHAM. St. Mary. This small church consists of chancel, nave, and south porch. The nave has been rebuilt, but the chancel is old. There is a piscina in the south wall of the chancel, and some small remains of old glass in the north and south windows. The chancel screen [plate 129], of 15th century pattern, consists of a broad doorway with one bay on either side; the lower panels are enriched with linen-fold carving.
The font is Norman, and is apparently of red sandstone; there is a band of carving round the top, a fluted bowl, and cable moulding; it stands on a modern base.
The registers date: baptisms, 1667; marriages, 1682; burials, 1678.