Torquay
Brixham All Saints Church
Church Street,
Devon TQ5 8HG

 

All Saints in Brixham is the seamen’s church.  Every year they hold a Festival of the Sea in which thanks are given for the sea’s harvest and the safe return of all trawler men.
 
In the 19th century Rev. Henry Francis Lyte (d. 1847) became the first vicar of All Saints.  He was a pioneering pastor to the local fishermen and their families, and was much loved and respected.
 
Hymn - Abide with Me
He was also a poet and hymn-writer and wrote his most famous hymn Abide with Me whilst dying from tuberculosis.  He loved to sit in his garden watching the sun setting over Tor Bay.  His home is now a hotel, the Berry Head Hotel, and the sunsets are still as beautiful as ever.
 
The hymn is a prayer for God to remain present with the speaker throughout life, through trials, and through death:
 
Abide with me; fast falls the eventide;
 
The darkness deepens; Lord with me abide.
 
When other helpers fail and comforts flee,
 
Help of the helpless, O abide with me.
 
Rev. Lyte finished this hymn three weeks before he died, making the words particularly poignant.
 
Brixham All Saints is also known as the ‘Abide with Me’ church and the ‘Lyte Memorial Church’.  Although the church has changed since Rev. Lyte’s incumbency, his pulpit can still be seen, and various items associated with him, together with a permanent display telling his story.  In tribute, the bells ring out three of his hymns daily, including Abide with Me at 20:00 hours.
 
Abide with Me is sung world-wide particularly at naval and maritime services.  When next you hear it, remember it was written for the seafaring community of Brixham who drew strength and comfort from its words.
 
Accommodation - Search & Book through Tripadvisor here:    External Link
 
Contract & Further Information
Website   All Saints Church    External Link
 
Getting There
- By Car
Use Sat Nav TQ5 8HG. Park in Central Car Park. Walk across Middle Street and up Church Hill East (or West) and you will find the church in Church Street.
 
There is an interactive map on Web:  All Saints Church/ Find Us    External Link
 
Google Maps - Brixham All Saints Church