Wiggaton Church

Church of St Edward the Confessor

Parish of Wiggaton

A view of the south-side of Wiggaton church showing the entrance porch and Edwardian brick design
A photo of the congregation at Wiggaton church waving

Welcome to church

Wiggaton is a very friendly and welcoming church community. We usually number 12 – 15 on a Sunday morning and 4 or 5 for midweek prayers. We hold 2 Sunday services a month, alternating between 2 services of Holy Communion and 1 service of Holy Communion and 1 service of Morning Prayer. The building also seeks to be a house of joy (as well of “prayer”) by effectively serving as a Community Centre with regular Village Meals, concerts and drama productions, and the (in)famous Christmas Dinner.

Location and information

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Address

Church of St Edward the Confessor
Sidmouth Road
Wiggaton
EX11 1PX

Nearest defibrillator

None available

Latitude / longitude

50.7354739492395 / -3.27592670917511

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.

  • David Morris

    Deputy Churchwarden

  • John Maybery

    PCC Treasurer

Contact an officer

Wiggaton 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 for services only

  • No parking

  • No toilet

  • Not wheelchair friendly

  • No hearing loop

A view of the south-side of Wiggaton church showing the entrance porch and Edwardian brick design

History

There was no Church at Wiggaton until 1893, and Services were held in the Schoolroom. Although this room could accommodate as many as fifty people, by 1892 the congregation had increased to such an extent that it was no longer possible to take all who wished to worship together.

It was clearly a case of either having to enlarge the Schoolroom, or building a Chapel.

A meeting was accordingly held in the Schoolroom on May 25th 1892 chaired by the Rev. Maitland Kelly, when it was resolved to commit to the building project; and a Committee was elected to raise the estimated sum of £300. The site was donated by Mr Berry.

On November 10th 1892 the Corner Stone was laid by William Rennell Coleridge of Salston.

The opening service was held on 8th March 1893, with an amazing congregation of 160. The Vicar led the Service and the sermon was preached by the Bishop of Exeter Edward Bickersteth on the text from Isaiah “I will make them joyful in my House of Prayer”.

St Edwards continues to uphold its initial ethos of self sufficiency, thanks to the generous donations of time and financial support from villagers.

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

Gallery

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