The existing parish church of St John the Evangelist is actually the second church to bear that name, not only in Ivybridge, but in the same churchyard.
The foundations of the old chapel of St John can be seen just above ground level to the right of the gates of the churchyard, on a large area of grass without graves. The original entrance gates are still in evidence in the south east corner.
This chapel was built in 1789 at a cost of £800 on ground donated by Sir F. L. Rogers. In 1835 his son financed its enlargement to meet the needs of the growing population. The chapel, together with the burial ground, was consecrated by the Lord Bishop of Exeter in September 1835.