About Us

We warmly welcome you to St Paul de Leon Church.

In 2014 the church celebrated the 700th anniversary of the Edict of Bishop Walter de Stapledon who ordered that the Norman church be pulled down and a new more capacious building be erected. He gave the Vicar and parishioners eighteen months to complete the task under the threat of a heavy fine for failure. We do not know whether they succeeded or not, but they certainly eventually produced a church of considerable size in relation to the population. The ecclesiastical parish originally stretched  from the River Dart to the outlying suburbs of Ashburton, when in the 1850s the Parish of Landscove was carved out of it. The large churchyard is a mass of snowdrops, crocuses and daffodils in the Spring.

The service pattern varies from week to week, so please click on the Services and Events tab for details.

We are part of the Dart and Avon Mission Community, which also includes:
    St Luke's, Buckfastleigh
    St Matthew, Landscove
    St John the Baptist, Littlehempston
    St George the Martyr, Dean Prior
    St Petroc's, South Brent
    The Blessed Vigin Mary, Rattery.

The team rector for the whole mission community is Tom Benson - please see the "get in touch" page for details. He is assisted by a ministry team consisting of team vicar Gina Radford, curate Laura McAdam, retired priests George Day, John Summers and Peter Taylor, and three readers:  Jenny Holton, David Harwood and Pam Saunders.

For more details, both of our church, and of the other churches, including a list of services in the current and following month, and full contact details, please see the mission community website, www.dartandavonmissioncommunity.org.uk