Point in View Chapel, Exmouth
This independent chapel was built in 1811 built by Mary and Ann Parminter adjacent to their home, A La Ronde, now a National Trust property, The Mary Parminter Charity owns and maintains the 3 acre meadow in which the chapel is set along with 5 modern alms-houses and an early 19th century Manse. Point in View chapel is an unusual square building with the chapel situated under the pyramid shaped point of the roof.
Originally built to accommodate alms-houses, a small chapel and a school for 6 girls, the interior rooms of Point in View have been slowly adapted to provide a vestry, kitchen and community for the current congregation, though one of the original alms-houses is still occupied. The architecture is very unusual and reflects the style of A La Ronde - the diamonds and triangles of the windows are a particular feature. Visitors to the chapel speak of its peace and tranquillity and the views of the Exe estuary and Devon coast from the chapel and its garden are magnificent.
Worship, offered every Sunday at 11am, and normally led by the resident chaplain, is fresh and inspiring and always attracts a good congregation. Singing is often accompanied on a unique small pipe organ, built by a previous chaplain in 1856 - but also by folk musicians playing acoustic instruments.
The meadow and gardens are beautifully cared for and there are benches, a Prayer Labyrinth, meadow paths, a recently planted fruit orchard, and a summer house which is open every day for visitors to use for quiet reflection. Point in View is a member of the Quiet Gardens Network and hosts Quiet Garden afternoons, art workshops, and music and poetry performances throughout the summer.
(See the Facebook page: Point in View Chapel)
Opening times: The meadow and chapel are open from 9am until dusk every day of the year. Sunday worship is at 11am (Holy Communion on the 1st Sunday of the month). There are services on other festival days.
Summer Lane, Exmouth, Devon, EX8 5BD, United Kingdom
Grid reference: SY 00633 83574
By car: Coming from Exeter on the A376 turn left into Summer Lane which is signed for A La Ronde. Continue up the lane, Point in View is signed on the right.
By public transport: The A376 is a bus route.
Trains from Exeter stop at Lympstone and Exmouth.
On foot/cycle: The Exe Valley cycle way runs between Exeter and Exmouth.
There is on-site parking, tarmacked paths, a disabled access toilet, and disabled access via a ramp into the community room. A wheelchair is kept in the toilet. Laminated history guides and Mindfulness guides are found in the chapel porch
Find us on Facebook "Point in View Church" for more information.
Tel: 01395 260178