Tipton St John Church

Church of St John the Evangelist

Parish of Tipton St John

A view of the north-side of Tipton St John church
A view inside Tipton St John church looking east down the nave at the altar and east window

Welcome to church

Tipton St John Church (known as The Church on The Hill) is a welcoming family of all ages, aiming to share God’s love with our community. We use a variety of styles of worship, reverent, relaxed and relevant. We number 15 – 20 at a usual Sunday service. We particularly value our links with Tipton’s Church of England Primary School and seek ways to develop our ministry and outreach to children. Lay ministry is also a developing area of our life together and we encourage our members to discern and use their gifts. Our annual August bank holiday Fete is a fixture in village life.

Location and information

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Church of St John the Evangelist
1 Metcombe Rise
Tipton St John
EX11 1ST

Nearest defibrillator

In the village hall across the road

Latitude / longitude

50.7191845879301 / -3.29346299171448
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Church Officers

Churchwardens (or if vacant the parish priest) can help you with general enquiries about the church, and if you are researching your family history. PCC Secretaries can help with information about the work of the Parochial Church Council and any correspondence should be directed to them. PCC treasurers deal with the finances of the church and are always pleased to discuss giving to the church or making a legacy in your will.

  • Vacant


  • Alison Stevens

    PCC Secretary

  • Chris Schofield

    PCC Treasurer

Contact an officer

Tipton St John and Venn Ottery contact form

Church accessibility

As a Mission Community we are very aware that our ancient buildings are not always the most accessible. Where possible we have made changes to make them more user-friendly but there are some limitations that we are not able to work round.

  • Open daily 9 AM - 5 PM

  • Car park

  • Toilet

  • Churchyard accessible but steep

  • Church accessible with ramps

  • Hearing loop

A view of Tipton St John churchyard looking east

Church features

All of our churches are unique many date back many hundreds of years. Each building tells a story and highlighted below are some of the features that are especially noteworthy.

  • Children's area

  • Wildlife friendly churchyard

  • Refreshment area

  • Gallery seating

  • Decorated corbels

  • Queen Victoria coat of arms

A view of the ornate carved and painted reredos in Tipton St John church


St John the Evangelist was founded as a parish church after the creation of the parish in 1837. Local people paid for the land and the building of the church and it was consecrated on 29th April 1840 by the Lord Bishop of Exeter, and its church school was established in 1843 and still has close links today. The church, designed by Mr John Hayman who was later to become Devon’s foremost architect, was constructed in the style of the 13th century Salisbury Cathedral. The single church bell was installed in 1839.

The church was built to accommodate 232 people on the ground floor with a further 78 seats in the gallery.

The church has some notable stained glass windows, as well striking fittings such as the reredos, the Royal Coat of Arms of Queen Victoria and the carved sanctuary chairs.

For a more detailed history please visit the Historic England page.


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