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Note: The Somerset and Bristol pages were prepared to publicise the 2008 symposium in Bristol and both have now been extended. They will  list of all the churches in Somerset and Bristol with monuments of interest. There may well be others and I would welcome any information about this.  I have personally visited the churches where there is a photograph of the church included; the brief information I have given applied on the day I visited the church and may not necessarily apply now. I would gratefully welcome any contributions as well as any corrections or additions to the information I have provided. Click on the underlined  blue name to visit the church; those not underlined and in black have not yet been visited, although I hope to do so in the future. I have also include a brief list of other churches with monuments, which I hope is of interest; I may visit some of these in the future and I will certainly improve this last when I have decided on standard abbreviation etc.
Of   all the churches I visited only five were locked; three of these gave the nearby address or phone number of the keyholder, who was happy to help, while I had to write to the incumbent to arrange an appointment to see the fourth. I arrived at the fifth on an unplanned visit; the church was firmly locked and there was no telephone number or address of the keyholder, even though this was a village church.  Wells Cathedral charges no entrance fee but there is a small charge for photography. The upkeep of these ancient and beautiful buildings is expensive and a contribution - no matter how small - is always welcome.

 

Abbots Leight - Holy Trinity

Above Left: Francis Short (1853) buried in vault below, his widow Sophia (1888) buried in the church yard. The urn has an inscription to her daughter, Philipa Syndey.

Above Central: Sir Philip Miles (1888) & Violet Miles (1883) This curious Victorian brass contains a photograph of the former in his coffin.

Above Right: P J Miles (1845) by E H Baily

Left: Sir George Norton (1715) & Wife

Right: Elizabethan Monument with no image or inscription; said to be Lady Jane Norton

There are numerous small tablet in the church

   Aller -St Andrew
 Cross-legged knight (c.1310)
 Knight (c. 1375) in recess

 Ashill - All Saints
 Lady (c.1300) in recess
Knight (c.1380) in recess

  Ashwick - St James
Two tablets by King of Bath (1811 & 1828)

Axbridge
This church has not yet been visited

 Babington - St Margaret
To members of the Mompesson family, after a death in 1726. Pink marble obelisk, standing putto & inscription cartouche

 Backwell - St Andrew
Sir Walter Rodney (ob 1466) effigy on tomb chest with angels holding shields.
Rice Davis (ob 1638) brass - kneeling figures
Tablet with woman (ob 1831) by urn by Tyley

Banwell - St Andrew
Civilian/Lady c 1480 brass
John Martock (ob 1503) brass
John Blandon (ob 1554) brass     

  Barrow Gurney - St Mary & St Edward
Francis James (ob 1616) kneeling figures
William Gore (ob 1662) inscription in oval wreath, columns & pediment

  Barwick - St Mary Magdalene
Monuments from 1681 to early 19th C.

Batcombe - St Mary
Two niches
Bisse Family (1593-1681) Tablet of c 1640
Tablets by Ford (ob 1773) King (ob 1800) & Reeves (ob 1812)

Bath Abbey
 

Above left: Bartholomew Barns, Wife and Children (1605). Alabaster and touch.
Above centre:
Col. Alexander Champion (1793) By Nollekens
Above right:
Granville Pyper (1717)
Far right:
Herman Kantencamp By John Bacon Jnr 1808

Bishop James Montague (1618) By William Cure, mason, & Nicholas Johnson, carver.

Lady Waller (1633) Alabaster and touch.

Sir Philip Frowde (1674)
William Hoare By Chantrey 1828

Bathampton - St Nicholas

Near Left: Lady c. 1325
Above & right: Knight c 1325. Note the lacing on the side of the surcoat which is cut short at the front.

Effigy of abbot of Bath Stone now on outside east wall of the church, although before 1750 it was in the chancel. Sally Badham believes this to be c 1100 and hence a candidate for the earliest English effigy. Although Pevsner dismisses it as 'an example of rustic Elizabethan work' which, because of the subject, is hardly likely.
Also: Many late Georgian monuments eg John Hume (1815) by Reeves

Batheaston
St John the Baptist

Henry Walters (1753) & his wife Mary (1752) & their children, Elizabeth (1733) & Mary (1763) Also Elizabeth (1735), sister of the above Henry

James Walters (1735) & children: Clement, Ann & Susanna. His wife Mary (1770) who later married Thomas Drewett

Francis Brodbelt Millward (1813)

Ann Walters (1788)  & Henry (1797), her husband and son of Henry Snr & Mary (far left)  & Mary (1770) their daughter

Bathford - St Swithun
 Elizabeth Phillips (ob 1759) relief of woman by urn by John Ford
Bawdrip - St Michael:
Knight (late C13)

Beckington
St George

Church open during normal hours. Park in the village near the church.

Above, centre top and far right top: Lady c 1370
Above bottom and centre bottom: Knight/Lady c 1370
Far right bottom: Illustration of the whole tomb of the latter

William (1802) & Grace (1812)  Sainsbury
by T King of Bath

Clockwise from top left:
Rear Admiral Henry Folkes Edgell (1816) by T Gaffin
Harry Edgell (----)
Harry Lancelot Edgell (----)
Caroline widow of Vice-Admiral Harry Edgell (1897)

Samuel Danyel (1619)
Note his bust wears toga and wreath: unusual for the date

John Compton (1510) & Wife
Brass in floor of south chapel. Note the children below the inscription.
That to John St Maur (1485) & Wife in the chancel is a modern replacement

 
 Berrow - St Mary:
Knight (late C13)
 Lady (late C13)
 Both in the churchyard
Bishop's Hull
The church is locked and no keyholder given. However to visit the church, contact the churchwarden, Tim Sutton at the address below. He will very willingly arrange to open the church for you. However this now may have changed, so you may have to write to the incumbent. You may park in the church car park.  
Suttontimjim@aol.com
 

Above and Left: George Farewell (1609)
Below kneel his wife, four daughters and five sons: all three sons carry swords and one is in armour; Pevsner states that the carving is 'exceptionally beautiful'.  Alabaster. Chancel, North Wall
The three children lying at the base of this monument are: Edmund (1661, 1yr), Elizabeth (ob ?) & Mary (ob 1673, < 3m) Fowell. Great-grandchildren of Sir George & children of Edmund.
Above is the monument to their mother and grandmother.
Sir George (1647) & Lady Farewell (1660) They had 20 children.
The above and the monument to the left are both  in the south aisle.
A selection of wall monuments in the church

  Bishop's Lydearn - St Mary:
Brass to Nicholas Grobham (1585) & Wife  
Thomas Slocombe (1801)  by Thomas King of Bath 

Bleadon - St Peter & St Paul
Two civilian effigies mid 14th century, bad
Mrs Tutton (1769) relief of woman by urn by S Haynes of Bristol

Bradford-On-Tone - St Giles:
                  Knight (c. 1375)

   Bridgewater - St Mary:
Francis Kingsmill (1629) & sons (1621, 1640)
John Dunning (1821) By  Reeves of Bristol  

 Brent Knole - St Michael:
John Somerset (1663) two wives & family; inscription

Brockley - St Nicholas
Pigott Family (1730, 1794, and later) urn on top
Wadham Pigott (1823) draped female by pedestal of an urn by Chantrey.  

   Brompton Ralph - St Mary:
T Camplin by King of Bath

 

    Broomfield- All Saints
Richard Silverton (1443)  ecclesiastic, brass.
Wall monument (1788) by Reeves of Bath  
Another (1790) by King o f Bath   

Bruton - St Mary

Church normally open. There is limited parking on the Church Bridge and opposite the West Gate

Sir Maurice Berkeley (1581) and his two Wives (1559 & 1585)
This monument, which was originally in the south aisle, and the wall monuments below are all in the chancel, which was rebuilt in 1743.

This tomb chest (rear of nave) is said to be that of Abbot Gilbert, (prior 1494, abbot 1511-33) although without any good reason. The abbey was near the church. Its condition results from its being in the churchyard until fairly recent times; the present Incumbent would like to see it returned there!

 Captain William Berkeley (1794) He was commander of HMS Tiger and was buried at sea,  dyingreturning from the coast of Guinea in the West Indies. By P Scheemakers

 William Godolphin (1636) Bronze bust attributed to Le Sueur

William Berkeley, Baron of Stratton  (1741)
The inscription is in Latin and Greek

John Donne (1782)
Buried in Batcombe Church, 'beneath a peaceful sod'

Brympton d'Evercy
St Andrew

 
Church normally open. In the grounds of a fine manor house but it is the parish church.
Park opposite the church
Chancel Chapel

Military effigy of c. 1275, which predates the present building. Probably a  member of the d'Evercy family, lords of the manor. Note that he holds the shield by a handle with his left hand; the other grips his sword.

Lady of c. 1440. Said to be Isabel d'Evercy, widow of Peter, founder of the church.

Nave

Right: Jane, Countess Dowager of Westmorland ( 1857). Buried at Aperthorpe.

Left: Robert Young (1790)  Buried in a vault in the church.

Chancel


Above and right: John Sydenham V (1626).
Top left: taken from chapel; top right: taken from chancel. Right: taken from foot of tomb, showing heraldry and insciption. Immediately above: one of the skull at the entrance to the open tomb chest (chapel side) behind which can be seen scattered bones. 

North Transept

Priest in mass vestments of the early 14th century; he holds a chalice. The canopy above the effigy has scenes (left) of the Magi and (right) the Annunciation

Lady of c. 1325. Above her effigy are scenes of the Crucifixion.

These medieval effigies are reported as being in the churchyard in the 18th century. However in about 1860 Lady Georgiana Fane arranged their removal into the church and their restoration by Edward John Carew who recarved the faces and altered certain other aspects.. They were moved to their present position during later restoration of the church.

This can be quite a difficult church  to find - but well worth a visit - so it's best to obtain the 1:50, 000 (or larger scale) OS map of the area. Taking the A30 from Crewkerne to Yeovil, turn left (approaching Yeovil) onto the A3088 - that is, the 1st exit on the roundabout. Turn left (1st exit) on next roundabout, then straight ahead (2nd exit) on the next roundabout; this takes you off the A3088 onto a 'yellow road'. Turn left (1st exit) at the next roundabout, then left again (1st exit) at the next roundabout. You should now pass over the A3088 onto Old Road. Soon on the left are some gates leading into parkland; there is no sign post. If you reach a Y-junction with the sign 'Old Road', you have gone too far. Pass through the gates and continue to the church (10 mph speed limit please!) The church is next to the beautiful manor house, which dates back in part to the fifteenth century. It looks like a large private chapel - but it is in fact the parish church.

Buckland Dinham - St Michael
2 effigies - demi-figures with shields at waist heaight and flat below. Mid 14th C

Buckland St Mary - St Mary:
Rector's Wife & Son (1839) by Forsyth

Burnett - St Michael
John Cutte (1575) Mayor of Bristol. Brass with kneeling couple and 12 children

Burrington - Holy Trinity
Panel with reliefs of Christ, angels and two donors - no date

Butleigh - St Leonard:
3 kneeling figures from Elizabethan tomb
Admiral Hood & 2 brothers by Lucius Gahagan of Bath (no date)

 Cameley - St James
Several monuments by Reeves of Bath

Camerton - St Peter

John Carew (1683) & Wife
Note that the angel stands at the head not the feet as has been stated. Note the children seated in the tomb chest centre niche on either side

Sir John & Lady Carew 1640

John Carew (1683) & Wife
Note that the angel stands at the head not the feet as has been stated. Note the children seated in the tomb chest centre niche on either side


Above Left:
Thomas Carew (1721) & Wife


Above:
Girl late 17th Century. There is a legend that this is of a young girl jilted by the son of the manor who caused this effigy to be placed outside the church porch to be a reminder of this to him. It was brought into the church only in recent times; it was certainly outside c 1960


Above Right:
John (1750) & Elizabeth Carew (1741)


Below Left
: Richard Lansdowne (1668) & his wife Hester (1678); Thomas, their 'sonn' & his wife also Hester (1668); John, also son of Richard. 


Below Right
: John (1731)  & his wife Christiana (1749) Lansdown ; their sons Richard (1789) &  William (1790) . Also their daughter Hester Pernel (1797) who was buried at High Littleton

Cannington - St Mary
Wall monument (1792) by King of Bath

Carhampton - St John Baptist
Brass inscr. to Escott  family (1755)
by C Sherborn, Gutter Ln, London

Castle Cary - All Saints
John Russ (1758) by John Ford

Chard - St Mary the Virgin
William Brewre (1614)

Charlton Adam - St Peter & St Paul
Thomas Basket (ob1592)
 2 Strangeways (17th C) slate

 

Charlcombe - St Mary
Lady Barbara Montague (1765) female leaning on pedestal by Ford

Cheddar - St Andrew
Sir Thomas Cheddar (1443) brass on tomb chest
Lady Cheddar (1460) wife to the above- brass on floor

Chedzoy - St Mary
Richard Sydenham (c 1490) brass

Chelvey - St Bridget
Military incised slab (c 1260)

Chewton Mendip - St Mary Magdalen
Sir Henry Fitzroger (1388) & Wife (?) effigies on tomb chest
Frances Lady Waldegrave (1879) by Boehm

Chilton - Polden
Tablet with draped urn by James Allen of Bristol

Clapton -in - Gordano - St Michael
Edmund Wynter (1672) & Wife figures kneeling facing across a prayer desk with daughter sitting frontally underneath.

Claverton - St Mary
William Bassett (ob 1613) & Wife frontal three quarter figures

Clevedon - St Andrew
Military (c 1420) incised slab
John Kenn (ob 1593) tomb chest, no effigy
Phillippa Wake (17th C) receumbent figure of child from a tomb

Cloford - St Mary
Maureis Horner (1621) tomb chest, no effigy
Sir George Horner (1676) hanging wall monument with two three quarter figures

Combe Hay
Robert Smith (1755) two urns on an obelisk by Ford of Bath

Congresbury - St Andrew
Mary Merle (1851) white sarcophagus in relief decorated with flowers by T Tyler of Bristol

Charlton Mackrell
St Mary the Virgin
Church open from about 9.00 am to 5.00 pm. Best to avoid Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon when the church is in use. Park in school car park opposite the church. Can be hard to find: look for school road sign. The church is south of the railway line which cuts the village in two. O/S: ST 528 282

Left and from left to right above: Effigies from double tomb said to be that of Sir William Lyle (1316) & Agnes. They were cast out of the north transept during the restorations of 1847 and are now in a sorry state east of the church under a yew tree. The arch under which they are said to have originally situated is in the north wall of the north transept although this is now totally obscured by the organ; you can just see the beginning of the arch by peeping through the gap at the side of this instrument. The effigies have gablettes over their heads; the knight appears to be drawing - or more likely, sheathing, his sword while the lady's hands may well be held in prayer. A great loss. 1. Lydia Dood (1778) The rector's 2nd daughter and Jane (Dodd) Cheseldon (1778), his 1st. 2. Rev Simon Whetcombe (1657), curiously in Latin and English. 3. 'In a vault...depoſited the remains of...' Mary Pyne (1770) Also Eleanor, Charles, Arthur & Elizabeth, 'offsping...who died in infancy'. Added below Franes Pyne (1787) 3rd daughter. John Pyne (1791) the husband of Mary. 4.  Rev William Dodd MA (1760) 'Rector of this place, ſole Patron of the Church, Vicar of Northover & Prebendary of Cusworth & Knowl founded in the Cathedral Church of St Andrew in Wells.' Mrs Jane Dodd (1732)

    

Top left:
Thomas Wilkinson (1827); Top right: Harriet Brymer (1825); Right top: George Page (18--); Right bottom: Rev Richard Ford (1817) rector



Chedzoy - St Mary
Sydney Mason Collins TD MA ESA (1946) He was a barrister-at-law and served throughout Word War I with the Signals; he is shown on horseback and in uniform. The bronze statue is five feet in height and stands on a plinth of the same height. It was erected in the church yard in 1950.
The statue was stolen in 2006
Chelwood - St Leonard

Martha (1795) & John Adams (1815)

Compton Martin - St Michael

c1290  Pevsner says civilian but looks military to me from the photograph; to be decided.

Corston - All Saints

Benjamin (1711) & Mary ( 1707) Harrington  

Mary Harrington (1732), widow of John. Elizabeth Harrington (1735), widow of Benjamin. John Harrington (1763) , son of Benjamin & Elizabeth


     Cossington - St Mary
Lady (c 1375)  porch
John Brent (1524) & Wife brass

 

   Cothelstone - St Thomas of Canterbury 
Kn, L (late 14th C)
Sir John Stawell (1603) & Wife  Alabaster effigies

Chew Magna - St Andrew

Church open during normal hours. Park in the village or in the free car park across the road from the church

Top left & right: Sir John St Lo (1447) & Agnes (second wife or another St Lo). It is said that these effigies may not have been made as a pair.

Left & top: Edward Baber (1578) & Wife (1602) The monument was built in  1662.

Right: Wooden monument on which is painted 'Sire Johann de Hauteville temp R III'. Despite this inscription, it is not Sir John Hautville, the last of that name dying  two hundred years before the type of armour indicated was worn. It was repainted in the 1860's. Pevsner states it may be a Tudor retrospective although is thought to be of Sir John Wych (1340-1350). Compare the similar effigy (although of stone) in Aldworth, Berskshire. Dr Claude Blaire confirms that this interesting monument is indeed medieval.  

Sir Henry Strachey Bart by J Bacon Jnr of London Sarah Abraham (1801) Top Richard Tyson (1820)
Bottom: Samuel Collins (1712)
Elizabeth Henrietta Sandiford (1800)
 Chilthorne Domer - St Mary
Knight c. 1275
Croscombe - St Mary
James Bisse (1606) brass with family kneeling, inscripton
William Bisse (1625) similar
Churchill
This church has not yet been visited

Coombe Florey - St Peter & St Paul

Church normally open. Park in the village


Above: Knight and two ladies - not in situ. Said to be Sir John de Meriet of Hestercombe, who died in 1327, and his two wives. The date is early 14th century - note the beginnings of plate armour on the limbs. Also note the structures on either shoulder of the knight: these are ailettes which, according to medieval texts, were made of a flimsy material and hence probably served a decorative or heraldic function and played no part in defence. These are very rare on medieval effigies but when they appear on brasses are illustrated as facing forwards. (see Winchester )

Far left: Brass to Florence Fraunceys (c 1550) and two children, although probably made when her husband died in 1485. Relaid in indent for husband, John. Shields and inscription are lost.
Below: brass inscription to Nicholas Fraunceys (c 1485) two figures and scrolls lost

Near left:
This is said to be a heart shrine of Maud de Meriet, a nun at Cannington. There is a circular (with appendage) recess in the floor of this structure (with no drain) and an incised inscription above.

Also: brass to Nicholas Fraunceis (1526) and several minor wall monuments in the church.

   Crewkerne - St Bartholomew
Thomas Golde (1525)  brass

 Cricket St Thomas - St Thomas
Viscount Bridport (1816) By Soane
Countess Bridport (1831)  By Lucius Gahagan
Rev William Earl Nelson,  Duke of Bronte (1835)

 Creech St Michael - St Michael
John Keyt (ob1739) & Wife

Crowecombe  Church of the Holy Ghost

Church open during normal hours. Park in free car park immediately opposite the church

James (ob 1811) & Elizabeth (ob 1805)  Bernard
The figure is Charity
By Westmacott
(Nave)

Rev Henry Lockett MA  (ob 1778) & Frideswide (ob 1791)
Rector of Crowcombe & Prebendary of Wells. She was daughter of Samuel Farthing
By F. Robins of Bath
(Chancel)

Thomas Carew (ob 1766) & Mary (ob 1738) and Mary (ob 1757)
By Tyler (Gunnis)
(Carew Aisle - N of Nave)

Robert Cranmer Trollope (ob 1808)
(Carew Aisle - North of Nave)

Other Wall Monuments: John (1696) & Rebecca Farthing (1677), their son Samuel (1731), his wife Frideswide (1726) & their son. Both John & Samuel were rectors. (chancel)
Rev William Henry Harvey (1840) By Denham, Regents Street, London
Coventry Warrington Carew (1889).  
Thomas Fleming Trollope-Bellew (1993) (Nave)

Carew Family (16th - 18th C) five different marbles - several painted coats of arms (Carew Aisle)
George Henry Warrington Carew (1842) draped sarcophagus. By Westminster Marble Co.
Charles Lewis Moore & Thomas Carew Trollope who died in WWI. Brass plate with foul anchor and badge of Lincolnshire Yeomanry

The Carew Aisle is locked and is still owned by the family rather than by the church; however some photographs can be taken over the barrier. As well as the monuments there are many hatchments.

 Culbone - St Culbone
Lord Lovelace - stone inscriptions plates by Voysey

Curry - Mallet -St James
John Pine (1609) & Wife (1628) Kneeling figures facing each other
Ralph Mighill (1633) fragmentary remains of demi-figure
Female early 17th Century kneeling with two semi-reclining daughters in front; alabaster

Curry Rivel - St Andrew
Church open until dusk. Park outside. Well worth a visit
The name 'Curry' which occurs in several village names in the area does not mean there were curry farms around here! It is from a Celtic language spoken in the region and probably means 'stream'
O/S Ref: ST 392 254


General view of the medieval tombs in the north chapel. The Robert Jennings tomb is against the east wall and the Marmaduke and  Robert Jennings tomb divides the chapel from the chancel

Robert Jennings (1593) This is partly blocked in the lower part by an altar table. I have added a photograph of the upper part so the English inscription may be read
 
Robert (1625) & Marmaduke (1630) Jennings, father and son. Note the wives and children are represented on the sides of the tomb chest; still born children (or children who died at or shortly after birth) are represented at the head and foot

Medieval Monuments
Arches
 
See the photograph at the head of the section for the relative sizes of these arches. The one on the left and the two on the right are small and contain chests but no effigies. The knight is the largest and the two male civilians less so. None seem to fit. The eastermost structure may be an Easter Sepelchre
Effigies 
    
  


Several aspects of the knight. Above are two male civilain effigies from under the arches. To the right is a similar effigy but female civilian. Below is an incised slab (damaged) of a priest.


 
Local tradition has it that the knght'seffigy representsHenry de Lorti (1242) or his grandson another Henry (1321). The tomb chest below is said to contain the bones of the wife fo the first Henry, Sabina Revel, whose family came from Revel in SW France and who give the name to the village.


 
 


 
Many of the photographs were originally taken by the Web Master but further photographs were subsequntly kindly supplied by Phil Draper of Church Crawler . The black and white illustrations are from photographic reproductions which appeared in Alfred C. Fryer 'Monumental Effigies Made by Bristol Craftsmen' (1240-1550) in Archaeologia LXXIV (1925) pp 1-72 and 'Monumental Effigies of Somerset' (14 parts and 2 supplements) in Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society between 1915 and 1925 with 2 supplements, the first in 1930; these were kindly sent to me by Dr Claude Blaire, Vice-President and Founder-Member of the Society. Sally Badham FSA and founder-member supplied the photographs from Bathampton and Whatley. Amanda Miller provided those from Bath.The etchings are from Hollis.
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