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© Mr David J. Rippon LRPS

IoE Number: 92260
Photographer: Mr David J. Rippon LRPS
Date Photographed: 30 June 2001
Date listed: 21 March 1967
Date of last amendment: 21 March 1967
Grade I

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SX 38 SE BRADSTONE BRADSTONE 5/14 Church of St Nonna - GV I 21.3.67 Parish church. Circa C12 origins with possibly nave, south door and chancel of that date. C13 tracery in south wall of chancel, possibly contemporary with dedication by Bishop Brondescombe in 1261. Nave and chancel heightened and north aisle added circa C15. Circa C15 west tower. Stone rubble nave and chancel with east wall of chancel partly rebuilt. Ashlar north aisle, west tower and south porch. Moulded plinth to north aisle and west tower. Ragslate roofs with nave and chancel in one. West tower of 3 stages with battlemented parapet and octagonal, crenellated turrets with heavy crocketted pinnacles. Surmounted by 3 stone crosses. Fourth cross in south porch. Angle buttresses. West door with 4-centred arch with hood. 3-light Perpendicular tracery above in 4-centred arch with hood. South side with lancet window with cusped head and rectangular hood. 2-light belfry openings on 4 faces with cusped heads. Slate tracery with ventilation holes. North aisle with 3-light Perpendicular tracery beneath 4-centred arches with hoodmoulds in west window, 2 north aisle windows and east north aisle window. Blocked north door with segmental arch with incised triangles in spandrels. Rectangular hood. East wall of chancel partly rebuilt with 3-light perpendicular window with cusped heads. South wall of chancel with 2, circa C13 single cusped lancel windows in earlier round rear arches on interior. Low buttress between. Larger stepped buttress to west with Perpendicular 3-light window beneath segmental arch. Probably contemporary with raising of south nave and chancel walls. Gabled south porch with moulded 2-centred arch. Inner south door in taller partly blocked Norman arch. Latter with simply moulded arch and tall thin engaged round columns (once decorated) with stylized cushion capitals. Within, 2-centred moulded arch. Circa C15 waggon roof to nave, sealed with moulded ribs and carved bosses. Renewed to chancel with partly renewed bosses. North aisle waggon roof, circa C15. Moulded ribs with carved bosses and carved wall plate. Renewed arcade plate. One of bosses carved with datestone 1718. Possibly date of a restoration. Waggon roof to south porch partly renewed. Part of earlier roof possibly lying outside against south wall of nave. Porch roof with remains of earlier wall plate, moulded ribs and some carved bosses. Central boss with well carved figure head. 4- bay north aisle with Cornish type A (Pevsner) granite moulded piers. Moulded bases and capitals with castellated abacci. C19 Furnishings. Circa C13 octagonal font with round bowl. Very simple Holy water stoup on south wall of nave comprising 3 pieces of thin blue limestone laid in a triangle. Square bowl. Possibly C12. Carved head, also possibly C12, on south wall between 2 lancet windows. Remains of rood loft stair on north wall. 6 bells. 5 recast in 1827, the sixth added in 1928. Several reset slate lids to tombchests on exterior of south proch and nave including those to John Cumbe, 1604, Robert Coumbe 1743 and Anna 1750. Watercolour by Rev. Thomas Johnes, circa 1825, illustrates the interior of the church prior to restoration. It shows several of the bench ends are decorated with circa C15 carvings. Also depicts a tall pulpit, the font with a tall cover and a rood screen surmounted by Royal Arms, the Creed and the Lord's Prayer. N Pevsner The Buildings of England. Devon Church guide.

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