At the time than James Templer I of Stove bought Stover estate, Teigngrace Church was very dilapidated. This was rebuilt by the children of James I as a memorial to their parents. See James II of Stover for more details.
The picture above shows a tower which was removed after a storm and never replaced.
To the Right Reverend Father in God, John by divine permission Lord Bishop of Exeter or to your Vicar General or any other competent judge on their behalf.
The humble petition of James Templer of Stover Lodge in the county of Devon and Diocese of Exeter Esquire, Patron of the Rectory of Teigngrace in the said County and John Templer, Clerk Rector of Teigngrace aforesaid
That whereas the Parish Church and Tower of Teigngrace aforesaid are in a very ruinous condition and gone greatly to decay, insomuch that the walls of the said Church are obliged to be supported up by Props, in order to prevent their falling down, Your Petitioners are therefore willing at their expense to take down the said Church and Tower and to erect and build a new Church and Tower in the room of the said old Church and Tower together with a Vestry Room adjoining and an Ayle for the use of the said James Templer and his Family , according to a Plan thereof hereunto annexed, and also to recast one of the two Bells now in the said Tower, and to add four new Bells to make them a Peal of six Bells, and to erect and build a new Organ in the said intended new church, Your petitioners therefore humbly pray your Lordships Licence or Faculty, for pulling down the said Church and Tower of Teigngrace and for erecting and building at their own expense a new Church and Tower in the room thereof, together with a Vestry Room adjoining, an additional Ayle for the use of the said James Templer and his Family, according to the said Plan hereunto annexed, and also for recasting one of the two Bells now in the said Tower and for adding four new Bells to make them a Peal of six Bells, and to erect and build an Organ in the said intended new Church which will be of very great benefit and advantage to Your Petitioners, and to the Parishioners and Inhabitants of the said Parish, and no ways prejudicial or injurious to any particular persons Right, and Your Petitioners will ever pray and so forth ~~~~
Teigngrace 8th May 1786
(signed) James Templer Patron
John Templer Rector
Exec’d in the presence of Mr Elland
Exch’d 19th May 1786 in the dwelling house of and before the Worshipful James Carrington in the presence of James Eland, Notary Public