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South West Archaeology was asked to monitor and record repair work at St.Stephen’s Church, West Putford, Devon. This consisted of three principal elements; the first was the archaeological investigation and recording of the deposits accumulated between the roof and ceilings; the second element involved the recording of the roof structures of the nave and transepts, whereas the third element involved the archaeological recording of the south transept window. The nave and north transept roof were revealed to have rather finely constructed double arch-braced trusses, while the south transept was of poorer quality, suggesting that this roof had either been altered or was a re-used structure. The existing lath-and-plaster barrel ceilings were demonstrated not to be original features but later insertions. The east window recorded in the south transept had been subject to alteration but was likely to have been of late 13th century origin. This was an earlier date than previously suggested for much of the structure of St Stephen’s.

 

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