A small and isolated church, restored and much rebuilt in 1867. Some older fabric remains at the east end, the tower dates from the 15th century. Comprises nave, chancel, north aisle with mortuary chapel, north porch and west tower. The interior dates mainly from the 1867 restoration, including the tiled floors, altar rails, choir stalls and pulpit. Seating includes some 18th century box pews.
The north aisle contains the family box pew of the Earls of Portsmouth, which now contains the organ. The font is Norman, restored in 1919.
There are two significant 17th century monuments to the Chichester family, and a large 18th century monument to William Fellowes in Italian marble.
All Saints Eggesford EX18 7QU
Eggesford Church with a view across to the ruins of Eggesford House (Photo: Grant Sherman 1st September 2021)
A Church Near You Welcome to All Saints, Eggesford. At present the church is only open for services. Please contact Michael Downward 01837 83307 if you wish to attend. The area in the building immediately to the right of the entrance is being kept for those who wish to be separate and masked. The wearing of masks in the building is optional. You are asked to sanitise your hands on entry and to space yourselves out in the remaining seating. Hymn singing is gradually returning.
Historic England Grade II* Small and isolated parish church, former estate church. Tower is C15, rest was completely restored and much rebuilt in 1867 although some of fabric at east end is C15. Original work of local mudstone rubble laid to rough courses in the tower and granite detail; C19 restoration work of snecked rubble with Hatherleigh stone ashlar detail; slate roof with crested ridge tiles. Nave with narrower and lower chancel, north aisle with narrower and lower mortuary chapel at east end with vaults below, north porch and west tower. Decorated and Perpendicular gothic.
Porch is narrow and gable-ended. Front has flanking buttresses, shaped kneelers and coping. Outer 2-centred arch has moulded surround and inner moulding on flanking half-engaged columns. The moulded hood has labels carved as male and female heads.
North Porch with carved female and male heads. Photo: Grant Sherman 1st September 2021