West Alvington Parish Council

All Saints Church

Contact details:-

Prebendary - Reverend Jackie Taylor    -  01548 856231

Church Wardens:  Mr Keith Steer  01548 561509
Jackie Walster - 01548 856390

Sunday Services each month

1st Sunday  -  Matins                                                            -        9.30am
2nd Sunday -  Holy Communion BCP said                           -         8.00 am
                        Village Praise (Family service)                     -         9.30 am
3rd Sunday  -  Holy Communion with hymns                       -         9.30 am
4th Sunday  -  Benefice Service on rotation
                      within the Benefice                                        -        10.00 am
5th Sunday  -  Holy Communion BCP said                          -         8.00 am

Church News

Our aim is to hold a regular church service every week (times as above) and provide teas and coffees when the Village Praise and Common Worship Holy Communions are held to which everyone is welcome to attend. For any further details of special services or events please contact the Prebendary or churchwardens

Future Dates:

Annual Parochial Church Meeting (in church)        -        29th March 2019   4.00pm

Easter Day                                                          -       21st April 2019  9.30 am service
Annual Fete at Bowringsleigh                               -       29th June 2019  2.00 pm start
Harvest Festival

followed by supper in church                                -      20th September 7.00pm
pt 2019  7.00 pm service
Annual Village Picnic (held in church)                    -      27th Sept 2019  2.00 pm

Church Information


There is evidence that a church stood on the site in 909 AD. The present fine building is early Perpendicular and was re-modeled in the 15th Century. The remains of the earlier 13th Century stone-work can still be seen by the piscina. The whole church was extensively restored in 1867 at a cost of £2,600 when the roofs, screen and seating were replaced. It consists now of tower (with belfry), nave, two aisles, parts of the original rood screen, a chapel set apart for the Ilbert family, chancel and a Vicar's vestry added in the 19th century.


The square West Tower has three stages with a crenellated parapet which rises to 53 feet supported by set-back buttresses. at the top are four crocketted pinnacles which are unusually 20 feet in height.  The 2 light cinquefoiled belfry lights have probably been restored. It is entered by a 15th Century 2-centred arched west doorway above which is a perpendicular window. The clock is a memorial for those killed in the 1914/18 war.


The six bells were installed by the Ilbert family in 1775, and then rehung in 1877 at a cost of £65. All the money being raised by public subscription. Sadly the bells are currently silent. West Alvington for many years possessed a champion team of ringers.The wooden bell framework has been condemned so that, until renovated, the much loved sound of the Church bells can no longer ring out across the village and surrounding countryside.  



The 15th Century 2 story creellated porch has a large round-headed doorway with an image niche above it containing the figure of St Hugh of Lincol with his swan. This was erected in memory of the revd. Hugh Lethbridge, a former vicar of the Parish. Inside there is a small niche in the left wall, and unusually, a fireplace in the right front corner because the porch was for some time used as the School Room.  



The late medieval 15th Century octagonal font has eight panels, decorated with leaves, surrounding the lead-lined bowl. Four of these are crudely carved and were possibly located to face the wall when the font was originally located under the tower. The supporting column and base are recent additions. The lid of iron-studded oak is probably 19th Century.


The Parish Church "All Saints" is a noble 15th century building in the hard green local slate with a fine pinnacled tower. The lofty arcades are of Beer stone brought by water and carried up the hill from quay House Now part of Kingsbridge.


What does "ALL Saints" church in West Alvington have in common with St Pauls and Exeter cathedrals, parts of Westminster Abbey, the Tower of London,Hampton Court, Windsor Castle, St Louis Cathedral (Missouri)???

They all use Beer Stone from east Devon. This stone is perfect for carving fine and detailed designs. When carved it possesses a smooth finish that when it comes into contact with the air hardens fivefold and turns a beautiful creamy white. The quarry was first stated by the Romans and only closed in the 1920's. The quarry is open to the public extending to some 73 acres of underground space.

Do have a look at the lofty Arcades within the church to see examples of Beer Stone

A fascinating history of this quarry can be obtained by using this link