Some Old Devon Churches

By J. Stabb

London: Simpkin et al (1908-16)

Page 252

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.

WHITCHURCH. St. Andrew. The church is Perpendicular, and consists of chancel, nave, north aisle, south transept, south porch, and embattled west tower containing six bells.

In the chancel there is an old monument to the Moringe family dated 1617, and a piscina; there is also a piscina in the transept.

When the old rood screen was removed from Moretonhampstead Church, part of it was brought here and erected in the north aisle [plate 252]. It is of good Perpendicular character, the groining is gone, but the spandrels spaces are filled with carving. The new screen in Moretonhampstead Church is said to be a faithful reproduction of this screen.

The registers date: baptisms, 1560; marriages, 1559; burials, 1562.