Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan

Holy Trinity Church in Torbryan, near Ipplepen in 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 July 1987.[3]

Holy Trinity Church
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LocationTorbryan, Devon, England
Coordinates50°29′22″N 3°39′54″W / 50.48944°N 3.66500°W / 50.48944; -3.66500Coordinates: 50°29′22″N 3°39′54″W / 50.48944°N 3.66500°W / 50.48944; -3.66500
Listed Building – Grade I
Official nameChurch of the Holy Trinity
Designated23 August 1955[1]
Reference no.431865
Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan is located in Devon
Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan
Location of Holy Trinity Church in Devon

The church was built between 1450 and 1470. It has a Perpendicular three-stage tower with an octagonal stair turret on the south wall.[2] The vestry was added in the 19th century.[1]

The interior includes a medieval carved rood-screen, with panels showing paintings of saints and stained glass from the same period.[2] In August 2013 thieves "hacked out" two of the panels, showing images of Saint Victor of Marseilles and Saint Margaret of Antioch. Another panel, damaged during the theft, bears an image of a female saint. The CCT said it feared the panels could be sold abroad. The theft, from what was described as "... probably the best preserved medieval rood screen in the country", was widely reported by the media.[4] The panels were later recovered by the police, restored and reinstalled.[5][6]

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  1. ^ a b c Historic England, "Church of the Holy Trinity, Denbury and Torbryan (1249658)", National Heritage List for England, retrieved 13 August 2013
  2. ^ a b c Holy Trinity Church, Torbryan, Devon, Churches Conservation Trust, retrieved 2 April 2011
  3. ^ Diocese of Exeter: All Schemes (PDF), Church Commissioners/Statistics, Church of England, 2011, p. 5, retrieved 2 April 2011
  4. ^ Torbryan screen panels stolen from Holy Trinity church 13 August 2013
  5. ^ "Torbryan rood screen will rise again". www.visitchurches.org.uk. Retrieved 5 December 2018.
  6. ^ Morris, Steven (24 June 2016). "Stolen medieval panels restored and reinstalled in Devon church". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 5 December 2018.