Point in View, Exmouth
An early 19th century free church built by Mary and Ann Parminter adjacent to their home A La Ronde, now a National Trust property, on the edge of Exmouth. The Charity of Mary Parminter owns 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 church is an unusual square building with the chapel situated under the pyramid shaped point of the roof.
Originally there were alms-houses for women built around the chapel and a school for 6 girls was maintained through the 19th century. The vestry, kitchen and community room are now in that space, though one old alms-house is still occupied. The architecture is very unusual and reflects the style of A La Ronde - the windows are a particular feature.
Visitors to the chapel speak of its peace and tranquillity. It is a place of weekly worship normally led by the resident chaplain. Singing is accompanied on a unique small organ.
The views of the Exe estuary and Devon coast from the chapel and its garden are magnificent. The garden is very well maintained and there are benches for visitors. Point in View is also a member of the Quiet Gardens Network with specific monthly afternoons of contemplation throughout the summer. (See the Facebook page)
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, Exeter, 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.
There is a hand-held board as a guide and a leaflet giving the history is available to purchase.
Find us on Facebook "Point in View Church" for more information.
Tel: 01395 260178