Hear about our events first!

We list our events here on our website, but you can also read about events on the ASHBURTON Facebook and in local magazines - Around Ashburton and St Andrew's Parish News.

St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors

REGULARLY OPEN from beginning of May - the end of September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays 2 - 4pm and Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon, to visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and Archives (including the history of the building, the Ashburton Portreeve and Courts and Ashburton Grammar School which occupied the building), Medieval Ashburton Timeline and view the historical exhibitions. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams at the end of June.

Major weekend events take place during the year, as detailed below.


Visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and its archives, which include archives of the building when it was Ashburton Grammar School and of the Portreeve and Medieval Courts. During the summer from early May to the end of September (opening times as above).


Medieval Ale Tasting & Bread Weighing Ceremony:  Saturday 15th July 2023.  Chapel open to visitors from 10am -

Heritage Open Weekend: In September 2023:  Saturday 9th from 10am - 4pm and Sunday 10th from 1.30pm - 4pm.

Regular bookings

St. Lawrence Chapel has a number of regular events and activities booked each week, including:

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

*  A.A. meetings on Thursday evening 7.30pm and Saturday lunchtime 12.30pm

*  Yoga Mondays 10 am

*  Singing with India Choir Thursday evenings.

*  West Country Embroiderers

*  Pilates classes Monday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

The venue has a number of rooms suitable for a wide variety of events - from art, craft and photographic exhibitions through to recitals, concerts,recordings, drama, rehearsals, seminars, meetings and other community events. It is also a venue for the Associated Board Royal School of Music exams for the South West of England and the regular meeting place of the Portreeve and Courts Leat & Baron.

The Chapel has an excellent grand piano which is available to hire for piano practice or concerts and has superb acoustics.

For further details about bookings at St. Lawrence Chapel or to make a booking, please email us at

Ashburton Medieval History TIMELINE

The Timeline is now on display in St Lawrence Chapel and is well worth viewing. Can be seen during Summer opening times or by appointment. Ring 01364 652768.

The large coloured Community Timeline shows Ashburton Medieval history events and above, national events, in order to put Ashburton events in a context.
We would like to thank all who have contributed to the Timeline, including children from Ashburton Primary School.



Ashburton History & Preservation Society

Meetings always start at 7.30pm unless stated differently below.

FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS - These will, hopefully start again later in 2023. 

At St Lawrence Chapel we now have a community library of medieval history books about Medieval England and also a developing archive of historical records of Ashburton. Access to the library and archive is by appointment. Please contact Brian Lewis on 01364 652768. We welcome any additions to be added to the above.

********************************************************************************************************************************************All Activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton (unless stated otherwise above). Refreshments at the end of talks when there is a chance to talk to the speaker. Attendance charge for talks is £2.50 and £1.50 for Guild of St Lawrence Members (the Guild of St. Lawrence owns and manages St. Lawrence Chapel).


The Fitzwarren Trio

Sunday 12th November at 3pm

ChamberConcert featuring flutes and clarinets. Playing mostly self-penned music with some favourites too. Free entry. Donations for refreshments and a retiring collection.

Court and Law Day

Tuesday 28th November at 4pm

Presentation of the new Portreeve and Bailiff.