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Northlew Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Serving the community of Northlew and outlying areas


From Reverend Leigh Winsbury

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Team Vicar:
Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
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Regular Church Services at Northlew Church of St Thomas of Canterbury

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

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Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
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If there ever comes a day where we can’t be together, keep me in your heart. I’ll stay there forever.

A.A. Milne

Contact the Northlew Church team

Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Team Vicar: Reverend Leigh Winsbury

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Tania Haycocks

Telephone: 01409 220053

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Churchwarden: Shaun Millership

Telephone: 01409 221183

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

Safeguarding: Julie James

All safeguarding enquiries are treated with absolute privacy and discretion.

Telephone: 01409 221663

Northmoor Team Ministry Personnel

PCC Secretary: Janet Millership

Telephone: 01409 221409

Reverend Gillian George

Team Curate: Reverend Gillian George

Help for Visitors

Opening Times, Accessibility, Worship, & MUSIC & ABOUT THE BUILDING

Regular opening times

Summer: 10am to 7pm
Winter: 10am to 5pm


Wheelchair friendly

Removable ramp to allow access to the church

Assistance dogs welcome

Free public parking in The Square

No hearing induction loop

We do not have a car park

Worship & Music

Bell Ringing

Click here for more about bell ringing.

Book of Common Prayer

We do not have a Choir

About the building & grounds


Bell ringing & Choirs

Bell ringing

Bell ringing practice is on 1st Monday of the month – 7.30pm to 9pm.

Find the Church & more information

Northlew Church
Devon EX20 3NY

Church hall hire

Apologies, we do not have a church hall for hire.

Events & activites

Northlew Church of St Thomas of Canterbury history

The Table of Continuity in the Church of St Thomas of Canterbury begins with the appointment of one Henry in 1258, but there was a Church at Northlew (‘Lew’ being Celtic for ‘bright but running stream’) in Saxon times.

The last stone relics of this Church are incorporated in the Village Cross nearby. The date of the actual building of St Thomas is unknown, but note the unmistakably Norman arch in what is now the gateway to the Rood Screen staircase.

Embellishments from the 12th to the 15th Centuries were due largely to the prosperity of the wool trade. The carved Bench-ends and Barrel roof date from the reign of Henry VIII. there was considerable vandalism by Cromwell’s men, including smashing the screen and throwing out the Font, which was not rediscovered until 1870.

There followed an age of ‘miserable neglect’ common to many rural churches, which ended with the appointment in 1847 of Thomas England as Rector. By 1885 much had been accomplished. Work was continued under subsequent Rectors, the dilapidated Gallery being replaced by Choir stalls, the Bells modernised and the new screen installed in 1923. The fine little Willis organ has provided music since 1889.

Article first published in Northmoor News
Written by Mrs Brenda Zielinska

Safeguarding Policy

We take the safety of everybody in these parishes very seriously.

If you or someone you know is being abused, is at risk of being abused, or presents a risk to others, or if you have concerns but are not sure, our Safeguarding Advisor is here to give advice and support in confidence.

Our Parish Safeguarding Officer is Julie James, Telephone: 01409 221663.

You can also contact the Diocese of Exeter Safeguarding Team on or phone 01392 294929.

If there is an immediate risk of harm to you or anyone else please call 999 and report your concern to the police. Our Parish Safeguarding Officer Julie James can support you in this.

Our full safeguarding policy is explained here on this page, along with information about a range of local and national organisations that can help.