The church of St Mary and St Giles is part of the Honiton Team Ministry Group of churches which also includes Honiton, Gittisham, Combe Raleigh and Awliscombe.
The church is the focal point of the village. The building dates back to the 14th century and is of a simple style. The tower is a later edition and was built to replace an earlier bell turret, probably made of oak. The bell tower and organ loft is reached by an outside staircase near the west door. There is a clock with parts dating back at least to the 1750’s which has to be wound every 48 hours.
According to the Public Record Office dated 1553 the number of bells was then three, two of which were cast in the village in 1410. There are now six. The church building is opened by volunteers every day from 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. and holds approximately 140 when full. Box pews were added in about 1550 and remain to this day. There is an open churchyard which is maintained regularly by villagers and parishioners.
For more information please contact The Parish Office in Honiton which is your first point of contact for general advice on parish matters such as funerals, weddings and baptisms or click on the link below for a more detailed history of the church;
Honiton Mission Community, St Paul’s Parish Office, 99 High Street, Honiton, Devon EX14 1PG
St Paul’s Parish Office is open on weekday mornings from 9:00 am until 1:00 pm. The office is your first point of contact for general advice on parish matters
Further details and history can be downloaded here.