Three Rivers Mission Community

About us





The parish of Harbertonford was constituted in 1859, carved out of the neighbouring parish of Harberton. The Parish Church of St Peter was constructed at that date, designed by J Nottidge. The majority of its funding was donated by one person, Mrs Thomascene Anthony of Great Englebourne, who gave £2,000 – equivalent to some £230,000 today. 


Later, parishioners raised enough to pay for the installation of an organ to celebrate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887. It’s tucked away on the right of the picture opposite. Constructed from stone, the church has a spire with a single bell. The chancel windows are stained glass. 


When the church was built, the village of Harbertonford was a thriving, industrial community with a mill (then operating as a corn and starch mill – it later reverted to its original function as a woollen mill and went on making, principally, serge blankets until the 1950s) and a manufacturer of shovels and reaping hooks! It boasted three shops and no less than four pubs – one of which, the Maltster’s Arms, brewed its own beer. It must have been thirsty work! 



Churchwarden: Frances Harvey 


Rector Revd David Sayle : 01548 821199 email:




Parish Safeguarding Representative: Hazel Willis Tel: 01803 732672





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Cream Tea - St Peter's, Harbertonford

Saturday 2.30pm - 4.00pm

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The Parish Giving Scheme

How can the Parish Giving Scheme work for you?

Harbertonford Village

The village has a Pub, a garage, a community shop and post office, a village hall, a youth club, a church school and a church.


Harbertonford School

The Church school enjoys a good relationship with the local church community and is supported through the clergy leading collective worship and visiting the school for special events. Live. Learn. Flourish.



People give to our church in a wide variety of ways, if you are able to join in and support our rural church financially we would be hugely grateful.

Data Protection

The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter, Harbertonford is committed to safeguarding your privacy. The Parochial Church Council (PCC) of St Peter, Harbertonford collects, uses and is responsible for personal information about you. Please read the enclosed Privacy Notice carefully in order to understand how your information will be treated. It also explains your rights in relation to your personal data and how to contact us.

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