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St Martin's Church, Exeter

St Martin's Church in Cathedral Close, Exeter, Devon, England was built in the 15th century. It has been designated by English Heritage as a 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

  • List of churches preserved by the Churches Conservation Trust in South West England

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