St Andrew

An amazing church filled with interesting carvings, woodwork, monuments, stained glass windows set in a beautiful tranquil space with the churchyard in the centre of the village.

About this church

There has been a Christian church in Harberton since 1100. The current building, featured in Simon Jenkins '1000 Best Churches', dates from the 15th century. The Norman 'girdle' font is one of only twelve in Devon; the rood screen's original wooden panels, replaced with metal ones in Victorian times, are still on display; the octagonal pulpit is outstanding, with rich foliate decoration and German statues and there is a beautifully carved sedilia. The marble reredos and the surrounding red and gold east wall hangings give a wonderfully warm glow to the sanctuary.

A Friends of St Andrew's Scheme has been running for a while and this, together with church repair fundraising events, will support wider fundraising. In the last few years this fundraising enabled work to be done on the very lovely porch but we are faced with major works to be carried out on the roof and the tower, and plenty more. We have been able to get the church bells ringing again, and the clock is being repaired, and the boiler replaced. Some very dedicated and valued volunteers look after the basic building maintenance and extensive churchyard. 

The village is fortunate to have an excellent pub in the Square and a good parish hall with a playing field, with many activities centred in both. In Harbertonford (2 miles) there is a church school, a garage and a post office. The village is felt to be a very special place in which to live.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories
  • National heritage here
  • Famous connections

Visitors information

  • Ramp or level access available on request
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

Other nearby churches

St Peter

St Peter's lies in the heart of the village near the pub, school, post office, village hall and local garage and is truly the centre of the community.

St Mary the Virgin

For almost 800 years the village of Diptford has had a church at its centre. St Mary the Virgin is a medieval structure and the first Rector was appointed in 1226, with the 19 year old monarch Henry III as patron.

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