St Mary the Virgin

St Mary's is built of the local, golden Ham stone, and has features from the 12th century to the 20th.

About this church

There are two doors into the nave; the main one has over it a Norman tympanum with carvings that include birds in a tree, the Lamb of God, and a centaur firing a bow at a lion.

There are further interesting carvings on the outside of the church, including a serpent-like dragon being slain, geometrical shapes and gargoyles.

The interior is full of interest, including the imposing Norman chancel arch with its three orders of billet, zig zag and lozenge shapes. The font is 12th century, while the pulpit and communion rails are from the 17th century. The very large reredos is 20th century.

Key Features

  • Captivating architecture
  • Glorious furnishings
  • Fascinating churchyard

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

Other nearby churches

Martock URC

Lovely dressed Hamstone, with a stone and tiled roof and a painted early Victorian interior.

All Saints

All Saints is built entirely from the local Ham stone, it is a handsome town church with a history stretching back to at least as early as the 12th century, as some of its architectural details show.

St Mary the Virgin

Superb high Victorian church in the local ham stone with a fascinating severe saddleback tower and much stained glass by Ward & Hughes.

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