All Saints, Clovelly & St Peter's Chapel

All Saints has a very welcoming feel about it and is well looked after. It has a Norman tower and porch with the main and north aisles being of the Perpendicular period, also there are a host of memorials and stained glass windows.  There is a very nice sounding 10cwt peal of 6 bells. We are currently obtaining a Faculty to re-roof the south side and the tower, improve the heating - including PV Solar panels - and sound system, provide a wheelchair access and redecorate the inside. Funding for this will be from a recent bequest and our fund raising. The Churchyards are kept well groomed and tidy. There is a good tradition of flower arranging and a biennial flower festival.

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The majority of the Clovelly Parish is in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty situated about 12 miles from Bideford. The South West Footpath runs along the coast with spectacular cliffs, sea views and wooded valleys. The village is in two parts - the internationally famous, historically picturesque "Street" with pedestrian only access leading down the steep, cobbled path to the harbour and Bideford Bay (where open air services are held and Festivals celebrated), and Higher Clovelly, which is a widespread farming community. All Saints is situated a little way above the village and St. Peter’s Chapel halfway down the "Street" itself which, with its 80 or so rented houses and most of the surrounding farms and farmland, forms part of the private Clovelly Estate.

 

The population is about 360 adults and 60 children. Some people work in the village serving the tourists and a few still fish; others are in farming and working in the general area. There is an RNLI lifeboat stationed in Clovelly manned by the villagers. About half the population live in each area. 

There are 2 hotels in the Street, a general store and tourist shops but no shops in Higher Clovelly. The War Memorial Parish Hall is in Higher Clovelly. Clovelly Primary School closed over 4 years ago but is currently being used as temporary accommodation - with the parish hall - for Route 39 Academy whilst their permanent school is being built.