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.

About this church

St Mary the Virgin is one of the finest historic churches in Somerset and presents a beautiful picture with its tall rose coloured 14th century Perpendicular tower. The tower rises in four stages to battlements and pinnacles.

The interior is just as delightful. The nave comprises four bays in Perpendicular style and it rises to a panelled wagon roof, which leads to the chancel arch and the treasure that lies beneath it.

The medieval rood screen is a gem that is made up of carved panels and colourful painted sections. The Apostle's Creed is spelt out in Latin at the top of the screen.

The Jacobean pulpit is also elaborately carved and painted as are the bench ends. The pew carvings include a wide manner of subjects; a pelican, birds, trees, a coat of arms, foliage, a windmill and a sailing ship. The font also contains exquisite carved rosettes about its Perpendicular octagonal bowl.

Together with interesting memorials, which includes a rather fun brass of Nicholas Grobham dated to 1585, of a boy blowing bubbles, this is a must visit church.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Spectacular stained glass
  • Magnificent memorials
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Enchanting atmosphere
  • Fascinating churchyard
  • Social heritage stories

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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Dates back to medieval times and stands on high ground beside Nynehead Court (once the family seat of the de Wyke and then Sanford families), from the church tower there are panoramic views of the Blackdown Hills to the south and the Brendan and Quantock hills to the north.

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