The church is 13thc. cruciform, comprising nave, chancel, S transept and N transeptal tower of c. 1300. The church was restored in 1848 and 1870-72. The font is the only 12thc. feature.
At the time of DS (and prior to the Conquest) the manor of Abbotsham belonged to Tavistock Abbey 'The Church at Tavistock'. The church was appropriated to the abbey in 1198 (Lysons, 5).
|d.of bowl||0.24 m|
|h. of bowl||0.39 m app.|
|Total h.||0.98 m|
Anon. St Helen's Abbotsham, church guide (n.d.).
F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications: or, England's patron saints, London, 1899, 27.
N. Pevsner and B. Cherry, The Buildings of England: Devon, 1952, 2nd edition, London, 1989, 123.
K. M. Clarke, 'The Baptismal Fonts of Devon', part 4, Transactions of the Devonshire Association, XLVIII, 1916, 307-10.
C. and F. Thorn (eds) Domesday Book: Devon, Chichester, 1985, I, 5, 6.
S. and D. Lysons, Magna Britannia, 6, 1822, 5.