St Michael’s Church, Honiton’s much-loved and original parish church, will be throwing open its doors to the public for possibly the last time this summer.
During two open afternoons, you can see the inside of the building, learn about its dramatic history and enjoy its architecture.
A question mark has hung over the future of the 15th century church for a decade. Earlier this year, the churchyard-based building was formally closed.
The reason stated was ‘poor attendance and the need for major structural repairs’. However, the cost of running two churches in Honiton had long been considered unsustainable.
Responsibility for the church was handed to the Exeter Diocese and there are fears that the church will one day be sold off. However, there are still hopes that a community use can be found for it.
Over the years the building has been devastated by fire, played host to art exhibitions and even been the base of a church-led children’s holiday club.
It has been a place of both sadness and great joy, bringing people together for funerals and weddings.
To many, St Michael’s Church remains a special place.
You can go inside the historic building this Sunday (July 21), a day after Charter Day, and again on Sunday, August 25.
The opening times will be 2pm to 4pm. Entry is free and there will be a small car park at the rear of the church.