St Saviour's Dartmouth
Welcome to St Saviour's church in the lower town, constructed in the middle ages when the town began to develop on the foreshore of the river and parishioners no longer wished to struggle up the hill to reach the parish church of St Clement. Although permission was gained in 1286 it wasn't consecrated until 1372 after nearly 90 years of wrangling!
St Saviour's is considered to be one of the best 100 churches in England and features in Simon Jenkins' 'England's Thousand Best Churches' and Tod Gray's 'Devon's Fifty Best Churches'. Of particular interest is the large memorial brass to John Hawley, believed to be Chaucer's 'Shipman' in the Canterbury Tales as well as the major donor of funds to construct the building and (in)famous local politician. Other important features are the beautiful altar dating from James I, the ornate rood screen and the south door with its medieval ironwork.
St Saviour's has undergone major restoration during the first part of 2014; this has included cleaning and restoring to their original colours, the high altar, the ceiling and the front of the gallery, together with strengthening work to the balcony, new lighting and wiring and an upgraded sound system.
The Parish Sung Eucharist takes place here on the second and fourth Sunday of the month at 11.00am. On Wednesdays there is a said Eucharist at 10.00am. Morning Prayer is said on Wednesday at 9.00am. Midday prayer is said Monday to Thursday and Prayers for Peace throughout the world are said here on Fridays between 11.30am and noon.