St Margaret

St. Margaret's dates from 1250 and in years gone by its prominent position and high tower has made it a landmark for shipping in Bideford Bay.

About this church

The 13th century church is believed to have been constructed around 1250 with the first record of its Benefice in 1261. The original church footprint has been extended and restored in various phases.

The church tower has historical importance as a landmark for sailing ships. It has a polygonal stair turret on the side and houses a magnificent peel of 8 bells.

The church is constructed of rubble and dressed stone with slate pitched roofs and with buttresses. There is a 13th century, good stained glass including a Millenium Window. The fine organ was installed 1866 and decorated by heraldic expert Revd Charles Boutell and his daughter. The wide nave has a wagon roof on angels.

Key Features

  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard

Visitors information

  • Bus stop within 100m
  • Level access to the main areas
  • Car park at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets in church
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome

Regular events

  • The church plays a central role in the Northam Town May Fair.
  • There are regular coffee mornings, concerts and Saturday quiz afternoons, advance notice is usually displayed on our Facebook page.

Other nearby churches

DevonBIDEFORDLavingtonURC(church)1

Lavington United Reformed Church

What you see today is the second chapel on this site, in 1696 the congregation built ‘The Great Meeting House’ which served the congregation for 100 years.

DevonINSTOWStJohnBaptist(church)1

St John the Baptist

One of the highest churches on the North Devon coast, a landmark yet hidden from marauders; great views of Bideford Bay from the churchyard which is probably celtic in origin.

DevonWEAREGIFFARDHolyTrinity(church)1

Holy Trinity

The imposing parish church of Weare Giffard was built in the 13th century and enhanced to its present size in the 15th century. It is one of the more important examples in North Devon of the beautiful medieval churches built in this period.

Become a Friend of the National Churches Trust, for people who love church buildings!