St Sylvester's Church Chivelstone

St Sylvester’s Church, Chivelstone

Because there is so much history to St Sylvester’s Church, Chivelstone, some of the images have a linked page with history about that particular image.The earliest reference to Chivelstone as a named place is in Domesday Book, where Cheveletone is listed as one of three manors, all held by Juhel de Bretagne, Lord of Totnes. In 1288, in the Taxatio of Pope Nicholas, the church is recorded as belonging to Totnes Priory.

The main part of the church dates from somewhere between 1536 and 1549. The tower and the chancel predate this, but the nave and aisles were rebuilt at that time, replacing an older structure which probably had no aisles, but might have had a transept.

For details of the Church Repair Project with the National Heritage Lottery Fund click here

We also have a survey which we hope people will fill in – the results will help us provide evidence of our community involvement to the NHLF. Please click here to go to the survey – it is not long. For further information please click here.


The roof
St Sylvester’s Graveyard
The Bosses on the Roof


The Organ
St Sylvester’s Church door with Sanctuary Ring


Visitors from the Secular Retreat, Chivelstone
John and Melanie Miles (from the UK)
Brad and Louise Olsen (from North Carolina)
The Dedication Plaque donating the Organ in 1950

For full details of the Chivelstone War Memorial please click here.