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
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.