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 1st May - 30th September on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10am - 12 noon, to visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and Archives and view historical exhibitions. Not open during the Associated Board Royal Schools of Music Exams in mid July.

This year we are also opening during the Easter Holidays on the same days and times as above from Tuesday 9th to Saturday 20th April.


Major weekend events take place during the year as follows -

- HERITAGE OPEN WEEKEND on the second weekend in September. Chapel open for escorted ascents of the tower; visiting the building and Archives; major historical exhibitions; viewing of the new Ashburton Medieval Timeline. Our famous TEAS also served.

Visit the unique Grade ll* Listed Building and its archives, which include archives of the building when it was Ashburton Grammar School. During the summer from mid July to the end of September see our historic exhibitions, often including work by school children. We now have on permanent display the 'Medieval Ashburton Timeline'.

Regular bookings

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

*  Piano lessons by Pam Canter on Tuesday late afternoons

*  Incon Singers rehearsal Wednesdays at 7.30pm.

*  Spanish Courses Mondays 6.30pm.

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

* Chapel open to Visitors during Easter Holiday and Summer Opening (see Chapel open to the public section above). 

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.

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

Ashburton History & Preservation Society

Meetings always start at 7.30pm unless stated differently below.

FUTURE TALKS AND EVENTS - 2019 PROGRAMME. Times as stated below.

Monday 18th February at 7.30pm:  CAMPAIGN FOR THE PROTECTION OF RURAL ENGLAND: DEVON BRANCH.  Director Penny Mills talking about the work of CPRE in Devon with particular reference to the large developments engulfing much of South Devon, including much countryside. There will also be a short film and time for discussion and questions. PLEASE TRY AND COME TO THIS IMPORTANT MEETING ABOUT THE IMPACT OF THESE DEVELOPMENTS ON SOUTH DEVON.

Monday 1st April, at 7.00pm from St Lawrence Chapel:  TOWN WALK led by Brian Lewis including visit to a town property.

Thursday 13th June, 2.30pm in Exeter: Annual Outing to St Nicholas Priory, Exeter

Monday 15th July at 7.30pm: Illustrated talk by Dr David Stone Medievalist on - MEDIEVAL CULTURE IN THE AGE OF THE BLACK DEATH.

Saturday 20th July 10-5pm:  Medieval Fair Day. St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors + exhibitions and teas.

Monday 2nd September, at 7.30pm:  Exhibitions and talks about ASHBURTON MEDIEVAL CULTURE. 

Saturday 7th September, 10am - 4pm: St Lawrence Chapel open to visitors all day + exhibitions and teas. (Food Festival Day)

Saturday 21st September, 10am-4pm and Sunday 22nd September 1.30-4pm: HERITAGE OPEN WEEKEND at St Lawrence Chapel + escorted tower tours, exhibitions and teas.




All activities are at St. Lawrence Chapel, St Lawrence Lane, Ashburton (unless stated otherwise above). Refreshments at the end of meetings when there is a chance to talk to the speaker. Attendance charge for talks is £2 or £1 for Guild of St Lawrence Members (the Guild of St. Lawrence owns and manages St. Lawrence Chapel).

Refer also to the Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project below which is linked to the History Society. Year 4 of the Project has started and is focusing on 'Culture in Medieval Ashburton'.

Ashburton Medieval History Community Research Project

Community research, projects, exhibitions, reports and publications all over a four year period and then hopefully, ongoing.

We have received a grant  from the 'Moor Than Meets the Eye Project' for which DNPA received a Heritage Lottery Grant and will be working with their staff to undertake this project which is part of the Parishscapes Project. Our project is grant aided over four years and we hope it will be ongoing into the future.

The aim is to involve as many groups and individuals as possible, including schools, colleges, youth clubs, play groups etc in projects about medieval Ashburton, which can be lead by any group under the Parishscapes umbrella.

Year 1    we studied roads, tracks, watercourses, buildings & why Ashburton is located where it is.

Year 2    We are studying Ashburton's Medieval Industries incl. tin, wool & farming. July '16 -July '17.

Year 3    Everyday life in Ashburton. Sept '17 - Sept '18.

Year 4    Medieval culture, art, crafts, plays, prose, music etc. Sept '18 - Sept '19.

If you or your organisation or school is interested in joining this diverse project please contact any of the following. You can be involved on various levels from undertaking research to stewarding an exhibition or organising a project. Your time commitment can be long or short.

Brian Lewis 01364 652768, Pete Webb 652855, or Sandra Carr 653539.

Our funding will pay in part for such things as research expenses, exhibition screens and exhibition costs, the cost of publishing reports and booklets, timeline production, costs of medieval play productions, expenses related to medieval music performance etc. This is an exciting project which should involve the whole community. Amongst those involved are - The History & Preservation Society, The Guild of St. Lawrence, Ashburton Town Council, The Ashburton Portreeve, Ashburton Museum, Ashburton Women Out Late, Ashburton Choirs, Ashburton Primary School, the Bank Youth Project, St Andrew's Church, South Dartmoor Community College, the MED Theatre, Ashburton WI, West Country Embroiderers and individual members of the local community.

Ashburton Medieval History TIMELINE

The Timeline is now on display in St Lawerence Chapel and is well worth viewing. Can be seen during Easter and Summer opening times.

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.

Orchard String Quartet and Friends Recital

Sunday 24th March at 3pm

In aid of the Bank Youth Project and Chapel restoration.

Recital Programme -  Dvorak: American Quartet.

                            -  Mendelssohn: famous String Octet.

Tickets £9 (£6 for under 16's) available on the door or from Ashburton Information Centre.

Interval tea and cake included in the ticket.

First of the St Lawrence Chapel 2019 Recital Series.

Guild of St Lawrence AGM & Historical talk

Thursday 25th April at 7.30pm

A short AGM followed by refreshments and then an illustrated talk about the archaeological work to date at North Hall, Widecombe.

Recital by Pam Canter and Anna Cockroft

Sunday 28th April at 3pm

In aid of the Bank Youth Project.

Second of the St Lawrence Chapel 2019 Programme of Recitals.

Performing a variety of music from Baroque to contemporary on piano, violin, recorder and accordian.

Composers include - Montanari, Nicholas Marshall, Ries, Mozart, Telemann, Dvorak, Arvo Part, Smetana.


Tickets £9 (under 16's £6) available on the door or from Ashburton Information Centre (as are the full Recital Series Programmes). Further information on 01364 652768. Tickets include interval tea and cake.


Inspiring music by two of Devon's most talented musicians.