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Lydford, Devon  -  St Petrock Church

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Notes in italics from Devon by Bridget Cherry and Nikolaus Pevsner (1989)
Yale University Press, New Haven and London



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Excavations have shown that an early oratory stood on the site of the church. As it now stands, the oldest parts - the piscina and N chancel window - are E.E. (Early English, 13th century. Not shown). The rest is Perp. Low W tower of granite ashlar with type B buttresses (i.e. set back from the angle of the building) and big crocketed pinnacles. S side also of ashlar. 


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S arcade of three bays, the piers of A type (i.e. hollows in the diagonals between the four shafts) with two-centred, simply moulded arches. ... N aisle (second picture) and vestry 1889-90 by S. Hooper of Hatherleigh; the old windows were re-used, and a granite arcade added in sympathy with the S aisle. At the same time the walls were scraped. ... Bench ends. Sixty-nine, variously carved with saints, prophets, etc., in animal and plant surrounds; accomplished work of 1923-6 by Herbert Read. ... Screen. 1904, designed by Bligh Bond and carved by the Pinwells.
First and last picture: A squint in the chancel wall gives a view of the altar from south aisle, and a staircase leads to the top of the screen.
 

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