St Saviour

Gazing across the River Dart from Kingswear, you can see the ancient church of St Saviour.

About this church

Welcome to St Saviour's church in the lower town, constructed in the middle ages when the town began to develop on the foreshore of the river and parishioners no longer wished to struggle up the hill to reach the parish church of St Clement. Although permission was gained in 1286 it wasn't consecrated until 1372 after nearly 90 years of wrangling!

St Saviour's is considered to be one of the best 1000 churches in England and features in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches' and Tod Gray's 'Devon's Fifty Best Churches'. Of particular interest is the large memorial brass to John Hawley, believed to be Chaucer's 'Shipman' in the Canterbury Tales as well as the major donor of funds to construct the building and (in)famous local politician. Other important features are the beautiful altar dating from James I, the ornate rood screen and the south door with its medieval ironwork. 

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • National heritage here

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

Other nearby churches

St Clement

The mother church of Dartmouth and standing some 350ft above the main town on the narrow tract which, since ancient times, has been a right-of-way from the coast through Longcross to the River Dart crossing at Hardnesse.

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St Petrox

St Petrox church at the mouth of the river is the oldest of the three parish churches, the earliest reference being in 1192 when it is thought to have been referred to in a deed as the 'monastery of St Peter'.

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