St Michael de Rupe is our main parish church – and is one of the iconic landmarks of West Devon. Founded in 1130 by the local landowner Robert Giffard, St Michael’s is the fourth smallest parish church in the UK, and is, we believe, the highest working church in southern England. We have a regular service of sung Evensong here at 6pm in the spring and summer, and occasional services all year round.
Although the foundation is 12th Century, most of the church as you see it today dates to the 13th and 14th centuries, when the original chantry chapel was enlarged to act as a parish church. However, the church has been continually updated over the years to meet the needs of the local community. Following major repair works in 2016, the roof has been fully refurbished, and we have now installed the electric lighting running off solar panels on the roof (sadly, the Victorian gas lamps have been condemned as unsafe) – this is the first off-grid installation in the diocese! Please click here if you would like to make a donation towards the costs.
We have Evensong every Sunday at 6pm from Easter to Michaelmas (at the end of September). Through the winter, we have festival services (our Advent and Epiphany Carol Concerts, and the Christmas Day 3pm Carol Service are highlights). We also have a popular One Friday Easter Ascent on Good Friday, and aim for services at least once a month, all year round.
The church is a popular venue for weddings; if you’d like to get married on Brent Tor, please click here for more information!
For more information about forthcoming services and events, click here.
For more information about the Tor, the Church and their history, visit us and read the excellent guide book!
There are normally postcards in the church available for purchase, including some by local photographer Colin Sargent (left).
However, due to Covid restrictions, we can’t leave them out. If you would like to purchase cards, though, please contact the Churchwardens.