Running along a steep-sided ridge, overlooking the South Devon market town of Newton Abbot, the Teign Estuary & the Bovey Basin...

…Highweek’s colourful history is peppered with stories of invasion and re-settlement.


The first recorded invaders were the Saxons in around 700 AD, then the Danes in 1001 AD, and you can still see the motte (earthen mound) of a motte-and-bailey structure known as Castle Dyke that was built to protect the early manor of Teignwick.

Highweek is now administratively part of the ‘new market town’ of Newton Abbot. However, it retains its original village identity, with many traditional Devonian cottages and terraced houses and a lovely community spirit.

Much of that spirit is nurtured in and around the Highweek Village Inn, garage and village hall and, of course, All Saints Church, the late medieval church with which our own history is intertwined.

The church can trace its history back to 1427, when Pope Martin V granted permission for the construction of a church and churchyard on the village ridge, to replace the existing chapel and enable the parishioners to bury their dead locally.  It was consecrated in 1428, and is clearly visible for miles around: its Christmas star can even be seen from Newton Abbot town centre.

Today, All Saints is still a very active Church of England place of worship.  It shares parishioners and a service rotation with St Mary the Virgin Church in Abbotsbury, and it is home to several clubs including the Highweek bell-ringers, cubs and beavers.

The church is a Grade I listed building, mainly of 15th century construction, with a 14th century West tower and granite arcades.  However, it became heavily Victorianised, and from 1860 until 1990 the vicar of All Saints lived in what is now known as Southlands.