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Hartland – Our Lady and St Nectan

Well Lane, Hartland, Devon

A simple modern prefabricated timber structure of limited architectural interest.

For some years after the war Mass was said in various Catholic households and later in the Women’s Institute Hall. A Church Building Committee was set up in 1961 to raise funds for the purchase of a site and for the building of a new church, which was opened in December 1964. The church is dedicated to Our Lady and St Nectan; the latter was a Welsh hermit who settled in the Hartland area.


The church is a simple structure with a shallow-pitched roof.  The rectangular body of the building rests on concrete blocks, with vertical timber cladding and felt roof coverings. Each of the long sides has six rectangular windows, with a strip clerestory at the ‘east’ end, lighting a small kitchen and toilet, and a projecting central porch in the centre of the ‘west’ front. The interior is simple, with plain plastered walls, painted timber roof trusses, a carpet-covered floor and modern furniture, apart from the wooden altar with its four Gothic colonettes, which was presumably imported from another church. The windows are all clear glazed.

Heritage Details

Architect: W. Gifford (builder)

Original Date: 1963

Conservation Area: Yes

Listed Grade: Not Listed