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 listed building, and is now a redundant church in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It was vested in the Trust on 1 August 1995.Our Exeter online road trip planner makes visiting St Martin's Church and other Exeter attractions simple, and helps you make a travel plan personal to you.
It is built of Heavitree stone and has slate roofs. The chancel arch is thought to be the oldest part of the building, and may date from the previous church on the site which was consecrated on 6 July 1065 by Bishop Leofric. There are traces of Anglo-Saxon long-and-short work high in the north-east corner of the nave. The tower was added in 1675.
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. The south window contains a few fragments of medieval glass. 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.
St Martin's Church Reviews
Situated so close to the magnificent Cathedral this beautiful church is ofted ignored but it is older than the cathedral being first consecrated in 1065. From the stunning Beer stone west window to th... more »
Such a beautiful old church, completely overlooked by most people, being so close to the cathedral, but older and very atmospheric more »
Good talk as part of the Heritage Open Days 3019
A beautiful serene space, gentle energy and unmodified unlike St John's over the road.
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