Widecombe-in-the-Moor, Devon  -  St Pancras 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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Nowhere else in Devon can the typical South West English contrast between tower and church be seen so uncompromisingly. The W tower is late Perp (15th/16th century), tall and imposing, of granite ashlar, with buttresses of type B (i.e. set back from the angle of the building), three-light bell-openings, and big polygonal pinnacles. The body of the church, earlier than the tower, is long and low, with aisles, transepts, and a S porch.

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The six bays have low octagonal granite piers with double-chamfered arches, their handsome proportions revealed by the absence of pews at the W end. The roofs over the three W bays are taller than the others, presumably the result of rebuilding in phases; see also the change in window heights. ...



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