English Churches - South West
Built as a chapel of ease, this is now a small church and community centre for teh village
|The Parish Church of St John the Baptist is
set on top of a hill overlooking the village. In 1936, Napier Orphoot
who was a Scottish architect gifted a chapel of ease to the village,
in memory of his wife who had died in childbirth. The land was donated
by her sister. They both had close connections with the area as their
father had been vicar of Westleigh church a short distance away.
The Chapel of Ease was much more accessible for early morning or evening
services, although it was not used for weddings, baptisms or funerals.
It still functions as a church today with a weekly service from November to Easter but monthly during the rest of the year, It is also increasingly used as a community centre by the village. It is open Tuesday and Thursday mornings for coffee and homemade cakes.
It is an attractive small white building with a chancel apse and small bell cot, set below the main road through the village. The inside is simple with white washed walls and a small altar in the chancel apse.
The chapel is on Anstey Way and there is parking in the chapel grounds. The nearest post code is EX39 4JG and the grid reference is 474305.
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