St Leonard

The ancient settlement of Halwell is mentioned in the Domesday Book as Hagewile, a name derived from the ‘Holy Well’ which is still to be found in the churchyard. It is possible the well was in use in Celtic times.

About this church

The parish contains the earthwork enclosures of the two hillforts of Stanborough Camp and Halwell Camp. Stanborough Camp , possibly dating from the Iron Age, was the meeting place for the Stanborough Hundred. Due to its elevated position there were good views of part of the South Devon coast making it a good defensive position and giving early warning of any invasion.

It was important in the 10th. century as one of the burhs of Devon but by the 11th. century it had lost this position to Totnes with the building of Totnes Castle on the orders of the Normans following the conquest of the area.

The parish church is dedicated to St Leonard. The exact date of the church is unknown but parts are possibly from the late 15th century. The tower is of slate. The rest of the church contains a lot of granite. Especially noteworthy is the arcade between the nave and the north aisle of granite piers and semicircular arches .The box pews probably date from the early 19th century.

Key Features

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

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Steps to enter the church or churchyard
  • On street parking at church
  • Café in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

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