Shortlands, Cullompton, Devon
A very small interwar church in a free, vaguely Hispanic style, with a cross wing which may originally have served a domestic purpose.
The church was built in 1929 at the expense of Mr and Mrs Manuel de las Casas, who donated the building to the diocese soon after its completion (The Tablet 14 December 1929).
The external walls are faced with pebbledash on a red brick plinth; the roofs are covered with red pantiles. The plan comprises a single long range containing the church with a substantial two storey cross-wing which may originally have contained the priest’s accommodation before the building of the presbytery c1950, but is now linked to the church at ground floor level to provide a small side chapel. In the angle between the church and cross-range is a small entrance porch. Rising above roof level at the junction of the church range and cross wing is what appears to be a combined bellcote and chimneystack with its own pantiled pitched roof, an unusual combination. The church range has a single rose window in the east end wall, lancet windows with trefoiled heads in the long side wall and triple lancets with trefoiled heads in the ‘west’ gable wall. The gabled end wall of the two storey cross-range has two windows and a round-headed entrance doorway on the ground floor with three windows above; all these windows have straight heads under brick relieving arches.
The interior is a simple narrow space with plain plastered walls and an open timber roof with braced collars giving a wagon roof profile. There is no separate sanctuary. The windows are clear glazed except for the three lancets in the west wall which have red and yellow patterned glass. A wide rectangular opening in the ‘south’ side wall leads to a small side chapel, which has the character of a domestic space. Above this ground floor opening is another to the upper floor of the cross-wing, closed by shutters. The benches and other fittings are of the simplest.
Architect: Not established
Original Date: 1929
Conservation Area: Yes
Listed Grade: Not Listed