St Mary Magdalene

The magnificent tower of St Mary Magdalene is a prominent feature of Taunton.

About this church

Enter through the welcoming modern glass doors to appreciate the interior grandeur and enjoy refreshment at the cafe. St Mary Magdalene became the parish church of Taunton in 1308.

The 700th anniversary in 2008 saw the addition of the striking glass doors at the entrance with their engraved design by Tracey Shepherd.

The 163 foot tower was constructed under the guidance of Sir Giles Gilbert Scott in the mid 19th century. When the tower had been completed the donkey involved in the work was hauled to the top so that it could appreciate the view.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere

Visitors information

  • Level access to the main areas
  • On street parking at church
  • Parking within 250m
  • Accessible toilets nearby
  • Dog friendly
  • Walkers & cyclists welcome
  • Space to secure your bike

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St Peter

The history of the building is entwined with two local noble and gentry families, Portman and Farnham, whose connection can be seen in the many memorable memorials connected with the church.

St Mary the Virgin

The church dates from around 1450 and is built of red sandstone, with a tall, typically Somerset tower and contains a fabulous rood turret housing the spiral stair leading to the top of the rood screen.

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