St Bartholomew

Yealmpton Eagle Lectern
Eagle Lectern at Yealmpton

William Butterfield was responsible for the rebuilding of St Bartholomew 1849-52, the interior being ‘an important early instance of his use of constructional polychromy’ (Cherry & Pevsner, 2004 p. 924)

Lectern – Photograph (PWDRO 244/5); after 1905

This is the only lectern depicted in the PWDRO photographs that employs an eagle as support for the Bible, even though this is a devise commonly used since medieval times. It is dedicated to the memory of Baldwin John Pollexfen Bastard of Kitley who died in 1905 and was given by his wife Frances. The bird bears more than a passing resemblance to the eagle evident in the 1917 photograph of the maquettes in the Pinwill workshop (PWDRO 244/5).


Cherry, B. & Pevsner, N. (2004) The Buildings of England. Devon. Yale University Press, London.

PWDRO 244/5 Photograph Album. Various. Woodcarvings.