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MSO11247 - St Mary Magdalene's Church and Churchyard, Exford

ENPHER Number:MSO11247
Name:St Mary Magdalene's Church and Churchyard, Exford
Type of Record:Building
Grid Reference:SS 8576 3850
Parish:EXFORD, WEST SOMERSET, SOMERSET

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Summary

A parish church, previously known as the Church of St Salvyn, with a tower dating to the mid 15th Century. The church was restored in 1893. A medieval screen from the church of St Audries, West Quantoxhead (now demolished) was reassembled here in 1929.

Monument Types

  • CHURCHYARD (Medieval to Modern - 1066 AD? to 2050 AD (Unclassified))
  • PARISH CHURCH (AD 15th Century to Modern - 1400 AD? to 2050 AD (Unclassified))

Designated Status

  • Listed Building (II*) 1057319: CHURCH OF ST MARY MAGDALENE

Description

The nave and chancel of St Mary Magdalene's church were almost entirely rebuilt in the 19th Century. The remainder of the fabric consists of the south aisle, built as the result of a will dated 1532, and a plain west tower. [1]

The rector says that although originally dedicated to St Salvyn, the church is usually known as St Mary Magdalene's. [2]

The church is a listed building. Graveyard in use since medieval times. [4]

Remains of a late 13th Century cross (base and shaft) to the east of the south porch of church. The remains are as illustrated by Pooley. [5]

The cross is a listed building. An old cottage stood at the church gate. Pulled down c. 1881. It used to serve as the parish poor house. It contained parts of the wall of the church which was taken down at the time of the Reformation. [8]

A white marble tablet on a black marble backboard commemorates 10 parishioners who died in World War One and has a wreath depicted on the apex of the backboard.
A further white marble tablet commemorates 3 parishioners who died in World War Two.
A white marble tablet with an oak frame commemorates Major Morland Greig (of the Royal North Devon Hussars) and Richard Greig, father and son, killed in 1915 in World War One and 1941 in World War Two respectively. The badge of the Royal North Devon Hussars is shown in the top centre. [9]

The building was visited in June 2012 as part of the rapid condition survey of Exmoor's Listed Buildings 2012-13. It received a BAR score of 6. [12]


<1> Pevsner, N., 1958, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, 168 (Monograph). SMO5711.


<2> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1965, SS83NE, 2 (Map). SSO1685.


<3> Allen, N.V., 1974, Churches and Chapels of Exmoor, 55 (Monograph). SSO727.


<4> Aston, M, 30.11.76, Somerset County Council (Unassigned). SSO787.


<5> Pooley, C, 1877, Old Stone Crosses of Somerset, 122 (Monograph). SSO1792.


<6> Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division, 1965, SS83NE, 3 (Map). SSO1685.


<7> Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1851-, Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Volume 46 (1900), part 1, 27-8 (Serial). SMO4109.


<8> Imperial War Museum, United Kingdom National Inventory of War Memorials, UKNIWM references 24753, 24754 and 24755 (Website). SSO693.


<9> 1906, Kellys Directory (Index). SEM7968.


<10> Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, 1851-, Proceedings of the Somerset Archaeological and Natural History Society, Volume 69 (1923), 43 (Serial). SMO4109.


<11> Collinson, J., 1791 (2006), The History and Antiquities of Somerset, 21 (Monograph). SEM7229.


<12> Lawrence, G., 2014, Exmoor National Park: Rapid condition survey of listed buildings 2012-13 (Report). SEM8060.

Related records

MSO6709Parent of: Medieval cross in St Mary Magdalene's Churchyard, Exford (Building)

Other References

  • 2012-3 Building At Risk Score (6): 1076/13/3
  • Church Heritage Record ID: 601464
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO10636
  • Exmoor National Park HER Number (now deleted): MSO6708
  • Local List Status (No)
  • National Monuments Record reference: SS 83 NE2
  • National Park: Exmoor National Park
  • Pastscape HOBID (was Monarch UID): 35706
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 31122
  • Somerset SMR PRN: 33588
Date Last Edited:Jan 30 2017 12:50PM

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