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Sticklepath Chapel of St Mary

Serving the community of Inwardleigh and Folly Gate


From Reverend Stephen Cook

St Mary’s Sticklepath is part of the parish of Belstone, but is very much a church in its own right.

Recent years have seen major alterations to the church and its grounds, as the community have taken it to their heart and made it their own. There is now an interactive display about the history of the village and a flexible space for meetings and informal services.

Our links with the community church, which normally meets in the village hall, have strengthened and they now lead “Village Praise” in St Marys at 10:30 on the first Sunday of the month. There is a service of Holy Communion on the fourth Sunday at 8:30 am and occasional other special services.

Team Rector:
Reverend Prebendary Stephen Cook

Why not take a moment to consider your faith?

Faith Guide
Faith Guide…
Faith Guide
Those who trust in the Lord will renew their strength. They shall run and not grow weary. They shall walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31

Regular Church Services at Sticklepath Chapel of St Mary

Church Services
Holy Communion
Village Praise

Other special services as announced.

Church Services Calendar & other Church events

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Wise words from figures in history…

Notable Quotes
Notable Quotes…
Notable Quotes
You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.

Mahatma Gandhi

Contact the Sticklepath Church team

Reverend Stephen Cook

Team Rector: Reverend Prebendary Stephen Cook

Reverend Gillian George

Team Curate: Reverend Gillian George

Help for Visitors

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

Regular opening times

Monday to Sunday: Usually open during daylight hours.

Closing times

When are we closed: Sometime, when?

Find the Church & more information

St Mary’s Chapel Sticklepath
2 Cleave Cottages
Devon EX20 2NL

Church hall hire

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

Events & activites

Sticklepath Chapel of St Mary history

Originally on this site there was an old thatched chapel which dated from 1146 and was possibly the oldest Chantry in the diocese.

In Rev. Baring Gould’s Book of Dartmoor he states ‘At Sticklepath was a curious old cob thatched chapel, but this was unnecessarily destroyed and a modern erection of no interest or beauty has taken its place’. This is referring to the current church of St Mary which was built in 1875. The only relic that remains from the old chapel is the fragment of stone, with red and blue colouring, which could be a figure of Mary in a blue robe, and is now set in one of the recesses in the sanctuary. The new church has a north porch and an apsidal chancel which is divided from the nave by a plain arch. The roof of the nave is open timbered and that of the chancel panelled.The east window representing the crucifixion was given in 1871 in memory of George Henry and Mary Jackson. The west window was erected in 1913 by John Cook in memory of his parents John and Mary who died in 1852 and 1882. There is a small octagonal font.

In 1950 the whole of the belfry was demolished, as a lot of the rafters were completely rotten, and then rebuilt.

The church, despite years of desecration and decay, has survived. It was served by Sampford Courtenay until 1933 when it joined with Belstone.

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.

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