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St Mary's Church

Window over the font
Clergy contact, Rectory Tel 01548 821199  
For more information about what is happening in the area, why not contact the Three Rivers Mission Community's own website  
Three Rivers Mission Community website  
Weekday Communions Wednesdays 9.30am
Mothers' Union, Christian Care for Families in our area, parents, grandparents, sisters, uncles etc
Emmaus - includes the Mission Community Fellowship Group
The Broach Spire

Diptford Church Spire
Our thanks to Simon Walton who has given us access to
a video of the spire renovation

Prayers for Bagdad

There has been an urgent request from the Vicar of Baghdad, Andrew White, for us to pray for our Christian brothers and sisters and children there. The group ISIS is very near and after the awful recent events in a nearby Christian community which was taken over by ISIS the Christian community in Baghdad are terrified as to what will happen to them.

This is an S.O.S. for prayer for these people.

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

Like many churches of its period, St. Mary's, Diptford, has a broach spire - a construction where an octagonal spire sits directly on to a square tower.

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.

spire now finished

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The Broach Spire


Diptford Church has a broach spire typical of churches of the 13th and 14th centuries.
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

Kirkham, Lancashire

All Saints, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire

St. Thomas a Beckett, Aunsby, Lincolnshire

Foxearth, Suffolk

S. George the Martyr, Queen Square, London WC1


St Mary the Virgin, Ketton, Leicestershire

All Saints' Church, Nottingham


Major repairs to Diptford Church Spire

From this.... spire-before-work

to this.... spire-work-in-progress

to this.... spire now finished

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.