As you approach the village from the river valley the skyline is dominated by the silhouette of the Church spire.
St Mary's Church, Diptford dates from the 13th century. Services are now
shared between the churches in the district.
For a timetable of Services Please see Rota above
The church plays an important part in the life of the local school and just before Christmas you will find the church full, not only with parents, but with other members of the community too who have come to enjoy the school's Christmas celebration.
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Diptford Church has a broach spire typical of churches of the 13th and 14th
Britannia History has the following to say:
"Earliest type of spire, where the tower rises direct into the spire without parapet or pinnacles; the broach' is the sloping triangular piece of masonry connecting the angle of the square tower with the adjacent face of the octagonal spire."
And an explanation of "Architectural Terms" gives the following:
Broach spire : Octagonal spire rising from a square tower without a parapet, with pyramidal forms at the angles.
Some pictures of other churches with broach spires
All Saints, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire
St. Thomas a Beckett, Aunsby, Lincolnshire
S. George the Martyr, Queen Square, London WC1
St Mary the Virgin, Ketton, Leicestershire
All Saints' Church, Nottingham
Work was needed to repair and renovate Diptford's church spire. The spire was constructed of local stone in the 13th century and is one of the finest examples of a broach spire in the country.
The work involved removing the cement render which was cracked and in a dangerous state, making repairs to the stonework as necessary and then rendering with lime mortar.