Three Rivers Mission Community

About us

Diptford and North Huish are situated in the Avon Valley, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Although nestled in this lovely valley, a short drive away lies Plymouth, Exeter, Dartmouth, Salcombe, Kingsbridge, Totnes and Dartmoor etc., offering Diptford the best of both worlds.

We are a community of around 900 people consisting of all sorts including doctors, teachers, those working within the farming community and retireds.  A busy village with lots going on in the Parish Hall, the Primary school and numerous organisations.

For almost 800 years the village of Diptford has had a church at its centre.  St. Mary the Virgin is a medieval structure and the first Rector was appointed in 1226, with the 19 year old monarch Henry III as patron.

The granite pillars and arches of the main body of the church, and parts of the tower are some of the oldest features, dating from around the thirteenth century.  The window on the south side of the chancel also dates from the early thirteenth century and is the oldest window in the church. 

The western tower tapers towards the summit and is covered with a stone broach spire, one of the few stone spires in Devon.

The aisles are thought to date from the fifteenth century and the altar table in the chapel is probably the oldest furnishing of the church.  Above the porch you will find the sun-dial, made in 1694, it reminds us that “As time and hours passeth away, so doth the life of man decay”.

Much has been changed and added to St. Mary’s in the last two centuries, the tiled area by the choir, the stained glass windows and the clock tower, the addition of the organ chamber to the side of the chancel followed by the carved oak screen at the front of the church and the altar rail.

St. Mary the Virgin Church in North Huish, a fine example of 15th century architecture, despite fierce opposition was declared redundant in 1993, this resulted in the merger of our two parishes to become Diptford with North Huish.  

Churchwarden: Val Haddy 


Rector Revd David Sayle Email:

Verger: Val Haddy

Parish Safeguarding Representative: Val Haddy Tel: 01548 821418


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The Parish Giving Scheme

How can the Parish Giving Scheme work for you?

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Diptford Parochial C of E Primary School

Our Primary school uses the church at least once a week for Collective Worship, and plays and concerts are staged on regular basis; also special Easter and Christmas services are well attended.


Brick Church - Diptford Parish Hall

Every 1st Sunday of the month at 4.30pm Informal service suitable for all ages. Building, stories, singing, prayers and party food EXCEPT DURING AUGUST - Sorry!



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.

The Churches Conservation Trust and St Mary's, North Huish

St Mary's Church, North Huish is run by The Churches Conservation Trust.

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