Church Of St Mary Magdalene

16 Aug 1999
Church Of St Mary Magdalene, Great Elm, Mendip, Somerset
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This information is taken from the statutory List as it was in 2001 and may not be up to date.


6/152 Church of St Mary Magdalene



Parish church. Nave and chancel C12, early C13 West tower and North transept, the latter rebuilt. Further work of early and late C19. Random rubble, slate roofed, coped verges. Tower with a saddleback roof of 3 stages, low corner buttresses, lancets to top stage; West door in elaborate surround, depressed pointed arch recessed in 2 orders, the label containing fine ornamental dog tooth; directly above a lancet sumounted by a quatrefoil. Two-bay nave, C19 two light openings in a Decorated style, C13 cusped heads to inner arches, large semi-circular headed opening in a plain stone surround with cast iron glazing bars to North side. Single bay chancel, 3-light square headed Perpendicular window to South side, single lancet to North side; East window of 3-lights, a C19 replacement. Interior Predominantly of C19 under ribbed and vaulted plaster ceilings, early C19 gallery to West end entered through a separate door.

Jacobean oak pews with turned finials to nave, further C19 pews in a similar style to North transcept; C17 pulpit, probably removed from a 3 decker. Two wall monuments, one in Gothick style of early C19, the other 1832 by Chapman of Frome. Late C17 coffin stool and chair. (SANHS, Vol 57 i; Pevsner, Buildings of England, North Somerset and Bristol, 1958; Robin Athill, Mendip, A New Study, 1976).

Listing NGR: ST7464049334


This is part of the Series: IOE01/0370 IOE Records taken by Robert O Caudwell; within the Collection: IOE01 Images Of England


© Mr Robert O. Caudwell. Source: Historic England Archive

This photograph was taken for the Images of England project

People & Organisations

Photographer: Caudwell, Robert O.

Rights Holder: Caudwell, Robert O.


Rubble, Slate, Medieval Parish Church, Religious Ritual And Funerary, Church, Place Of Worship, Commemorative Monument, Commemorative