East Down (St John the Baptist) with Arlington (St James)

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St James, Arlington

St John the Baptist, East Down



The formally separate parishes of East Down and Arlington became a united benefice in 1944.


St James, a Chapel of Ease, is a Grade 2* listed building situated within the grounds of Arlington Court, a popular National Trust property.  The church was largely rebuilt in the 19th century, and comprises a nave, south transept, chancel and tower. 

The tower houses a peal of six bells, which are rung occasionally by both local and visiting teams. The church contains a number of monuments to the Chichester family, including one to Rosalie Chichester (d.1949) who bequeathed Arlington Court to the National Trust.






The formally separate parishes of East Down and Arlington became a united benefice in 1944.


St John the Baptist church is a grade 2* listed building, and was first recorded in 1260. The building was the local manorial chapel, dating from the 13th century, prior to becoming a parish church by gift in 1469. Numerous additions, alterations and refurbishments have taken place over the centuries. 

The rood screen is of particular note, a fine example of 15th century craftsmanship, and was carefully restored in 1925. the tower is the oldest part of the building, bearing a ‘bullet’ hole from a skirmish during the Civil War. 

Within the churchyard is a rare example of a church house, dating from the same period as the church itself. 



Peter Bunch

Tel: 01271 850215

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The normal pattern of services are:


1st Sunday in the month 11.15am

Morning Worship - Common Worship

3rd Sunday 11.15am

Holy Communion - Common Worship

Refreshments served after both services

5th Sunday  11:00am

United service in one of the churches in the Mission Community



Festival services are held here from time to time.


Chritmas @ St James, Arlington

There are no Christmas services at East Down this year

Sunday 8 Dec     3.00pm    Concert by the Exmoor Carolers

Sunday 15 Dec   3.00pm    Carol Service