Church of All Saints, Wrington

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All Saints Church, Wrington
All Saints Church, Wrington, Somerset.jpg
51°21′40″N 2°45′57″W / 51.3610°N 2.7658°W / 51.3610; -2.7658Coordinates: 51°21′40″N 2°45′57″W / 51.3610°N 2.7658°W / 51.3610; -2.7658
Location North Wheatley
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Dedication All Saints
Heritage designation Grade I listed
Completed 13th century

The Church of All Saints in Wrington, Somerset, England, has 13th-century foundations, and was remodelled with the addition of a west tower around 1450. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]


Wickham dates the church to the period from 1420 to 1450,[2] and Freeman described it as "one of the "highest achievements of architectural genius".[3] The tower was completed around 1449.[4]

The church was restored in 1859 with further restoration to the four-stage 113.5 feet (35 m)[5] tower in 1948.[1] The tower has set-back buttresses which develop into crocketted pinnacles at the top stage. The top displays moulded string courses and a trefoil pierced triangular parapet with gargoyles and corner pinnacles. The belfry stair is in the south-east turret.

The interior includes stone busts to John Locke and Hannah More dating from the early 19th century on either side of the door. The chancel has Gothic reredos by Charles Barry dating from 1832. The rood screen is from the 16th century.

The churchyard contains the war grave of a Royal Navy seaman of World War II[6] and the grave of Harry Mengden Scarth. Scarth was a noted expert on Roman Britain and the rector of this church from 1871 to his death in Tangiers in 1890.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Church of All Saints". Images of England. Retrieved 2007-02-26. 
  2. ^ Wickham, Archdale Kenneth (1965). Churches of Somerset. London: David & Charles. 
  3. ^ Brereton, R. P (1904). "Somerset Church Towers". The Archaeological Journal. lxii. 60 collotypes prepared for a planned monograph are in the British Museum, Add. MSS. 37260-3, were published by the Society. Somersetshire Archaeological Society at Gillingham. 
  4. ^ Poyntz Wright, Peter (1981). The Parish Church Towers of Somerset, Their construction, craftsmanship and chronology 1350 - 1550. Avebury Publishing Company. ISBN 0-86127-502-0. 
  5. ^ "Description of the church". All Saints Wrington. Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  6. ^ [1] CWGC Casualty Record
  7. ^ William Hunt, ‘Scarth, Harry Mengden (1814–1890)’, rev. Elizabeth Baigent, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 26 May 2015

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