St George Martyr, Dean Prior

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The Church of St. George the Martyr, Dean Prior, is a delightful 14th Century church offering a rich heritage, a warm welcome and an atmosphere of friendly fellowship and quiet, spiritual reflection. 

The morning services are traditional with Holy Communion from the Book of Common Prayer on most Sundays; we enjoy a range of hymns, traditional and modern. On summer Sunday afternoons there is a "Songs of Praise" type service in "The Studio" in Dean Prior.

The village surrounding the church once included a school and cottages, but many of these were pulled down to build the new road, and as a result the church only has a few neighbouring houses, while much of the parish is the other side of the A38 Devon Expressway.

The parish is now part of the Dart Valley Mission Community, together with:
    St Luke's, Buckfastleigh
    St Matthew, Landscove
    St Paul de Leon, Staverton
    St John the Baptist, Littlehempston.

The vicar for the whole mission community is Tom Benson - please see the contact page for details. He is assisted by a ministry team consisting of curate Marisa Cockfield, retired priest George Day and three readers: Tricia Stokes, John Vinton and David Harwood.

We are a small congregation of largely retired parishioners who love Dean Prior Church and we also very much welcome young people and families.

There is a warm welcome at Dean, but you are advised to wrap up warmly in the winter months when visiting the church!

Lovers of the 17th century English poet Robert Herrick may be aware that he was the Dean Prior Vicar from 1629 to 1674, except during the Cromwellian period when he was evicted.

PLEASE NOTE - there is parking behind the church, (reached by turning off the southbound A38 immediately beyond the church), and also a few spaces in front of the church. Please take great care - the A38 is very busy!

For further information please see our website

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The Revd Tom Benson
The Vicarage
TQ11 0BH
(01364) 644875

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Holy Communion
Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).
Please note that there is normally no morning service on the second Sunday of each month. On the fifth Sunday of the month there is a joint service for all the churches of the Dart Valley Mission Community (location varies).
Every first and third Sunday at 9:15 AM
Book of Common Prayer
Morning Prayer
Every fourth Sunday at 9:15 AM
Book of Common Prayer
5th Sunday - Joint Mission Community Service
This event is shared with the other churches of the Mission Community. The location varies. There may also be some variation of start time.
Every fifth Sunday at 11:00 AM
Songs of Praise
This is held in "The Studio" in Dean Prior on summer Sundays.
Every second Sunday at 5:00 PM


Other information
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 8937
Our Patron: Dean and Chapter Exeter 1st and 2nd turns, Diocesan Board of Patronage 3rd turn
Archdeaconry: TOTNES (152)
Deanery: TOTNES (15205)
Parish Legal Name: Dean Prior (150352 )
CofE Church Info: (615352 15/352)
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The current editor is: George Day

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This page was last updated on Friday 4th November 2016
St George Martyr : A38, Dean Prior, Devon, TQ11 0LT - The church is on the southbound carriageway of the A38 just south of Buckfastleigh

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