St John in the Wilderness Church Building

The present building, which is Grade II* listed, is possibly the third on the site, and is mid-14th century – mid-15th century.

The church is ‘Perpendicular’ in style, although substantially rebuilt in the 1920s-1930s, and re-ordered, to provide modern facilities, in 2002-2005.

The building comprises a 14th century tower (containing a single 17th century bell), and a nave and chancel divided by arcading from a north - or ‘Lady’ – aisle, covered by ‘wagon’ roofs. A surviving door in the south-east corner of the nave indicates the previous existence of a now long-vanished rood screen.

Further historic features include a circa 15th century stone font, a fine example of a circa 15th century ‘green man’, and a unique pair of roof bosses, dated 1936, commemorating the uncrowned king, Edward VIII.

The Church of England (Anglican) Parish of Withycombe Raleigh with Exmouth in the Diocese of Exeter (Devon) in the UK. Our three churches are the Parish Church of St. John the Evangelist, Withycombe Raleigh; St. John in the Wilderness and All Saints’ Exeter Road, Exmouth.

The Parish Office,
The Parish Church Hall
Withycombe Village Road
Exmouth EX8 3AE​

Tel.: 01395 272239 (Monday -  Friday 10.00am  -  11.00 am)

Please see our Safeguarding Policy here

If you have a concern about the safety or someone or the actions of someone working with children or vulnerable adults, please speak to someone:
Our Parish Safeguarding Representative is Mrs. Amanda Longbottom who can be contacted on Tel: 01395 272309 or email:

Please ONLY use this number and email address for safeguarding concerns and NOT general enquiries. Thank you.

The link to the Exeter Diocesan Safeguarding Team’s contact details is –

If you are a young person and you feel unhappy about something happening to you, you can call Childline on 0800 1111