Holcombe Burnell & Longdown Village

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Making a Fresh Start

The month of March is wholly incorporated into the church’s season of Lent. March is also regarded as the beginning of spring.  It officially starts at the spring equinox on March 20th.

Easter Island Statues

A Foot in Both Camps

The month of February encompasses the end of the Christmas celebration on the 2nd February and the beginning of Lent on Wednesday the 22th February.  February has one foot in Christmastide and one foot in Lent.

Upcoming Services


Holy Communion

9:30 am - 10:15 am
Church of St John the Baptist

Compline (Night Prayer)

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Church of St John the Baptist

Easter Day Communion

9:30 am - 10:30 pm
Church of St John the Baptist
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The church was dedicated originally to St Nicholas, mentioned in a charter dated 1150.  In the 15th century the manor was acquired by a member of the Denys family of Orleigh in Devon, and the church was then substantially reconstructed. The church was restored in the Victorian era in 1843-4, to the plans of the Exeter architect John Hayward with Henry Lloyd of Bristol. The north aisle was added at that time. The church contains a rare Easter Sepulchre, situated on the north side of the chancel. The advowson of the church was acquired by the Bishop of Wells, which made it into a prebendary for one of its canons. The advowson was acquired by the Bishop of Exeter in about 1850.

The altar is an ancient Spanish chest in carved oak from Culver House, one of the principal residences in the parish. The font is 15th century. There existed formerly next to the manor house a private chapel, demolished in the 18th century, the only remains of which are some stone blocks made into a mounting block by the church gate.


Rector – Rev. Martin Wood  (01647 24119 Tuesday to Sunday) or email [email protected]

Church Warden – Mr Chris Fowler (01647 61493)

Bellringers – Mrs Jane Blight (01392 811246)