Church of All Saints, Monksilver

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Church of All Saints
Stone building with square tower.
Church of All Saints in 2007
Church of All Saints, Monksilver is located in Somerset
Church of All Saints, Monksilver
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or city Monksilver
Country England
Coordinates 51°07′43″N 3°19′35″W / 51.1286°N 3.3263°W / 51.1286; -3.3263
Completed 12th century

The Church of All Saints in Monksilver, Somerset, England dates from the 12th century and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[1] The church has a square west tower, built in the 14th century,


The church shows fragments of 12th-century masonry and the tower at the west end is 14th-century. It is built of red sandstone with a slate roof with decorative ridge tiles. The plan consists of a four bay nave, south aisle, chancel, south chapel and south porch. The tower has three stages with crenelations on top which were added during restoration between 1843 and 1863, at which time the south chapel was also added. There is a ring of five bells including one by Roger Semson of Ash Priors which was cast between 1530 and 1570. The interior is whitewashed, the nave having a wagon roof which is thought to be 13th-century and an alms box by the door is from 1634.[2] There is a 12th-century window on the north side of the chancel. The pulpit is sixteenth-century, the screen is Jacobean and the lectern is possibly older. The south aisle has "some of the most entertaining gargoyles in the county".[3]

The yew tree in the churchyard is believed to date from 1770.[4] There is a historic cross dated 1863 in the churchyard, just south of the chancel, which is a Grade II listed structure.[5]

In 1583 the church was the venue for the marriage of Sir Francis Drake and his second wife Elizabeth Sydenham of nearby Combe Sydenham in the parish of Stogumber.[6]

The parish is part of the Quantock Towers benefice within the Quantock deanery.[7]

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  1. ^ "Church of All Saints". Images of England. Retrieved 17 November 2007. 
  2. ^ "All Saints' church in Monksilver". UK attractions. Archived from the original on 28 October 2007. Retrieved 17 November 2007. 
  3. ^ "Church of All Saints, Monksilver". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  4. ^ R.W. Dunning (editor), A.P. Baggs, R.J.E. Bush, M.C. Siraut (1985). "Parishes: Monksilver". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 5. Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 30 October 2011. 
  5. ^ "Churchyard Cross in Churchyard, 3 Metres South of Chancel, Church of All Saints, Monksilver". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 1 September 2016. 
  6. ^ Bush, Robin (1994). Somerset: The complete guide. Wimborne: The Dovecote Press Ltd. pp. 148–149. ISBN 1-874336-26-1. 
  7. ^ "All Saints, Monksilver". Church of England. Retrieved 30 October 2011.