St John the Baptist, Hatherleigh


Church Services

1st Sunday 11.00am Holy Communion (BCP)
2nd Sunday 11.00am Morning Prayer (BCP)
Sunday School meets from 10am to 12noon in Old Schools
(Sundays may vary before Festivals)
3rd Sunday 11.00am Family Service (CW)
6.00pm Evening Prayers
4th Sunday 11.00am United Service (CW)
Rotates with Methodist & Community Churches
5th Sunday 11.00am Group Service in one of the five Benefice Churches


Mission Action Plan

Church Information:
The Grade I Listed church building is late C.15 & early C.16 and was restored in 1884. It has a Norman font(c.12), Jacobean pulpit (1624), Gray & Harrison (London) organ (1852) which was rebuilt and enlarged by George Osmond (1913) and eight bells (1883). ‘This church retains much of its medieval fabric and has an impressive interior’. Please see details under British Listed Buildings (listed 22nd February 1967) Source ID: 1105250, also of listed small hall (The Old Vestry), listed C.18 headstone & chest tomb and the war memorial, in churchyard.

Perhaps the most dramatic happening in its history was on January 25th, 1990, when a fierce storm brought the church’s medieval spire crashing through the roof of the central aisle, devastating the interior. The new oak in the roof and the realignment of the rebuilt south arcade are now all that betray a formidable restoration project which cost over half a million pounds even before the reinstatement of the spire. (see An Illustrated Guide and History of Hatherleigh Parish Church written by Norman Hillyer & illustrated by Eileen Gold) obtainable in the church.

The church’s longest serving minister was Cradock Glascott (from 1781 to 1831) who was a friend of the Wesleys. He introduced the Ascension Day (known as ‘Holy Thursday’ at Hatherleigh) Sunday School Treat which still takes place with a service, tea, games & ‘girdling’ the church followed by a Procession of Witness round the town headed by a magnificient floral garland.

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Where we are:

Hatherleigh, Devon

      EX20 3JY

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 Local Information:
Hatherleigh website

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