The Building

Very little remains of the early 14th century Chapel, apart from the east window which is visible from the Stanley Gill Room, having been revealed during the 1986 restoration.

The Chapel itself was largely rebuilt in the 1740s, which was also when the very fine hand carved plasterwork was carried out. It is one of the most impressive large scale displays of decorative plasterwork in Devon.

The tower was added to the west end of the Chapel in the late 15th century and has a fine Perpendicular Gothic West Window.

The room to the east of the chapel, named the Stanley Gill Room, was built in the 1880s. It was the town library and now houses the unique Archives.

Further additions were added in the form of corridor, classrooms and kitchen between 1907-11, to expand the school accommodation.

The whole building was listed in 1951 with a Grade II* status, reflecting the importance of this unique historic building.

There are a wealth of interesting features in the building, including –

  • The small tower room (reputed to be the smallest classroom in England).
  • The Chapel Gallery with carved graffiti.
  • The fine 18th century west door to the tower.
  • The school benches fitted along the sides of the Chapel, with historic graffiti carved by pupils of the old Grammar School.
  • The showpiece in the Chapel that is the wall hanging, representing aspects of the chapel and town and its history. This was created by a team of local people.

There are many other features of interest that can be seen. Our guide books are produced in various languages to assist visitors. We also have quiz tour sheets for children.

Escorted ascents of the tower to view the historic town and surrounding medieval field systems are available on Heritage Open Weekend in September each year. See our Events page which will have details of dates and opening times.