St Martin's Church, Exeter

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

St Martin's Church
St Martin's Church, Exeter-2.jpg
LocationCathedral Close, Exeter, Devon, England
Coordinates50°43′23″N 3°31′52″W / 50.72306°N 3.53111°W / 50.72306; -3.53111Coordinates: 50°43′23″N 3°31′52″W / 50.72306°N 3.53111°W / 50.72306; -3.53111
Built15th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Official name: Church of St Martin
Designated29 January 1953[1]
Reference no.1169625
St Martin's Church, Exeter is located in Devon
St Martin's Church, Exeter
Location of St Martin's Church in Devon

St Martin's Church in Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon, England was built in the 15th century. It is recorded in the National Heritage List for England as a designated Grade I listed building,[1] and is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust.[2] It was vested in the Trust on 1 August 1995.[3]

It is built of Heavitree stone and has slate roofs. The chancel arch is thought to be the oldest part of the building,[1] and may date from the previous church on the site which was consecrated on 6 July 1065 by Bishop Leofric.[2] There are traces of Anglo-Saxon long-and-short work high in the north-east corner of the nave.[4] The tower was added in 1675.[5]

The interior contains 17th and 18th century monuments, reredos and altar rails, some of which were brought from the nearby St Paul’s, which was demolished in 1936.[1][2] The south window contains a few fragments of medieval glass.[4] At the west end is a panelled gallery with the painted arms of Bishop Trelawny (1688—1707) and the City of Exeter, both flanking the royal coat of arms.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Historic England, "Church of St Martin, Exeter (1169625)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 2 February 2014
  2. ^ a b c St Martin's Church, Exeter, Devon, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 2 April 2011
  3. ^ Diocese of Exeter: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 3, retrieved 2 April 2011
  4. ^ a b Pevsner, Nikolaus (1989) [1952]. Cherry, Bridget (ed.). The Buildings of England: Devon. Harmondsworth: Penguin Books. p. 391. ISBN 0-14-071050-7.
  5. ^ a b Mellor, Hugh (1989). Exeter Architecture. Chichester: Phillimore. p. 90. ISBN 0-85033-693-7.