George Fellowes Prynne

 

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ILFRACOMBE Devon
St. Peter

Not on the massive scale of the churches of south-east England, but of balanced proportions even so. There is a hint of the restraint seen at St. John the Baptist, Horrabridge, with a wide chancel arch and the illusion of a larger east window than is actually there by the widening of the window arch at the sides. See postcard showing the interior.

The roof is shaped as for Fellowes Prynne’s usual barrel roof, but with the wooden ribs left bare, with decoration on the “barrel ring” structure in the chancel. The usual contrast of colour can be seen, in this case sandstone and Bath stone, with the latter forming the arches. An unusual feature, seen only otherwise at St. Michael, Beaconsfield, is the spiral pattern around the pillars, a device clearly borrowed from Norman rather than gothic design, for example Durham Cathedral. See illustration of detail of pillar.

There is no screen at the entrance to the chancel, just a wall. There is a splendid oak pulpit, again typical of the architect’s design.

Note that finances were tight here as in most places. Dart and Francis submitted and estimate for the choir stalls and priest seats on 17 Jan 1923 of £497.00. By 19 Feb 23 they had managed to reduce it to £355, and got the contract.