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St Paul's Church, Devon Square, Newton Abbot, SX860712 Parish of Wolborough TQ12 2HN

A Short History

St Paul's is a cruciform church situated on 1.5 acres of land in the centre of Devon Square and was built in 1861 and enlarged in 1886. It is a grade II* listed building of Devon Limestone and was built as a daughter church of Wolborough to cope with the sudden growth in population brought about by the railway development in Newton Abbot.  The Church suffered some bomb damage on April 24th 1942 when most of its windows were lost, replacement windows were designed by Hubert Blanchford of Exeter. There remains a slight depression where the bomb exploded. 
The foundation stone was laid in 1859 and the Nave was completed and opened in 1860. The north and south transepts soon followed, together with the chancel. The church was consecrated on October 29th 1861, by Bishop Spencer of Jamaica, acting on behalf of the Bishop of Exeter. The architect was J.W. Rowell. The contractors were Wilcox and Woodley.  The chancel is floored with Minton tiles.   The wooden bell turret contains a single bell.

Don't be put off by the slightly austere exterior. Internally it is magnificent.

Quick Service Guide at St Paul's

Sun
1
Family + Communion *
11.00am
Sun
2,4,5
Parish Communion
(sung)
11.00am
Sun
3
All Age Worship 11.00am
Wed Holy Communion (said) 10.00am

St Paul's from the East end

The north side of St Paul's

Inside from the West end

East to West. With Central Altar

View from the South pews

Central Altar and choir seats

The Church is a light and airy building with an east apse end. Its colourful and spacious interior was adapted in 1977 to suit modern liturgical requirements. 

A raised dais was constructed to accommodate the altar in the centre of the 'cruciform'. Above this hangs a modern 'Corona Lucis', forming a canopy to the altar.  The font is octagonal, with a red marble stem and a Portland stone bowl.

High Altar

Altar cloth

The Font


Oratory of the Blessed Sacrament


Prayer Candles


The Chapel of All Saints


Our Grand Piano

The Organ Console (before 2013)

The Middleton Room
  A new hall and church complex was built in 1998 on its south side.  The design of the church hall complex integrates it into the original church in such a way that the buildings offer good disabled access and on site car parking.  

The Kitchen

The Hall ready for Play School

The Hall

This is now our prayer wall

Inner entrance to church and hall

Charity Coffee Morning

St Paul's banner

Cross

The organ chamber

The roof beams

Stained glass window
above the High Altar

Altar with our 'Corona Lucis'

HomeStart

This operates in St Paul's on Monday mornings during term-time. For more information please contact HomeStart on 01626 353700

 

 

Regular services and meetings at St Paul's

SUNDAY
11.00am Parish Communion
3rd Sunday - All age worship
WEDNESDAY
10am Holy Communion (said)

WEEK DAYS IN THE HALL
9.30am Monday - The Homestart Group
9.30am Tues to Fri - Pre-School

There are other meetings on at different times of the month. Please see our combined Parish 'What's On' on our home-page for up to date information.

 


Prayer Breakfast - every
1st Saturday at 8am

Music in the main service

We have a three manual organ with pedals, built by Hele & Co of Plymouth. It has nine speaking stops on the Great, nine on the Swell, eleven on the Choir and six on the Pedal. It has nine couplers and adjustable thumb and toe pistons. The organ was restored in 2013 and is now much more flexible; the console can be wheeled to almost any part of the church and plugged in to one of three sockets distributed around the church. We can record onto disk music for services if necessary; such recordings are of great benefit if the organist is suddenly unavailable.

We also have a small Grand Piano and a Clavinova keyboard although this latter is mostly used at informal  services. We sing from 'Hymns Old and New' but we are looking at the possibility of upgrading.

How to find us:

We are located in Devon Square close to the town centre; the church has a small car park for church users only; otherwise parking in adjoining streets is restricted.

The Newton Abbot Train Station is within an easy walk of the church. The No. 12 bus to and from Torbay has stops at the train station and the nearby war memorial.

 

Watch out for the one-way system and banned turns in the area.

Parishes of Newton Abbot, Milber & Ogwell, Newton Abbot, Devon

June 2017

 

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