St Andrew's Church, Mells

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Church of St Andrew, Mells
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Church of St Andrew, Mells
51°14′30.94″N 2°23′25.89″W / 51.2419278°N 2.3905250°W / 51.2419278; -2.3905250Coordinates: 51°14′30.94″N 2°23′25.89″W / 51.2419278°N 2.3905250°W / 51.2419278; -2.3905250
DenominationChurch of England
ChurchmanshipBroad Church
DedicationSt. Andrew
DioceseBath and Wells

St Andrew's Church is a Church of England parish church located in the village of Mells in the English county of Somerset. The church is a grade I listed building.[1]


The current church predominantly dates from the late 15th century and was built in the Perpendicular style with mid 19th century restoration, although a previous church stood on the site for centuries. In 1292 it belonged to Glastonbury Abbey and was valued at 35 marks.[2]

The tower is from 1446,[3][4] has a clock from the 17th century[1] and a ring of 8 bells hung for change ringing, the earliest of which dates from 1716. That bell, the fourth of the ring, and the seventh (1717) were cast by the first Abraham Rudhall of the bellfounders Rudhall of Gloucester. Two more (the third and eighth) were cast in 1745 by Thomas Bilbie, and the sixth (1788) by William Bilbie of the Bilbie family of bellfounders. The other three bells, (the first, second and fifth) were cast in 1869 by Mears & Stainbank of the Whitechapel Bell Foundry.[5] There is also a sanctus bell hung in the roof of the chancel which dates from around 1325 which is on the national database of historically important bells.[1][6]

The church has close connections with the local Asquith family and the Horners who lived at Mells Manor.

Notable burials[edit]


The interior includes a reredos made from white marble, and a marble altar in various colours with a Norman font. There are also several stained glass windows dating from around 1850.[2]

The building has several important decorative features, including:


The church has a two manual pipe organ dating from 1880 by Vowles. A specification of the organ can be found on the National Pipe Organ Register.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "St Andrew's Church". Retrieved 22 January 2007.
  2. ^ a b Robinson, W.J. (1915). West Country Churches. Bristol: Bristol Times and Mirror Ltd. pp. 37–42.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ Dunning, Robert (2007). Somerset Churches and Chapels: Building Repair and Restoration. Halsgrove. p. 41. ISBN 978-1841145921.
  5. ^ "Mells—S Andrew". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. 2 August 2009.
  6. ^ "Database of historically important bells and bell frames". Churchcare. 29 October 2007. Archived from the original on 29 July 2010. Enter "mells" in the search box and click "search the database"
  7. ^ Gray, David. "Mells". Siegfried Sassoon: His Life and Illustrated Bibliography. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  8. ^ "Mells Church of St Andrew" (PDF). Friends of Somerset Churches and Chapels. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  9. ^ Hornby, Martin. "Mells Church and the Great War". Western Front Association. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  10. ^ "Helen Violet Bonham Carter". Find a grave. Retrieved 8 August 2011.
  11. ^ "Church of St Andrew, Mells". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  12. ^ "Christopher Hollis". Find a grave. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  13. ^ "A Magical Day at Mells: WPA 'Siegfried Sassoon at Mells' Event 28 May 2005". War Poets Association. Archived from the original on 28 July 2011. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  14. ^ "Reginald McKenna". Find a Grave. Retrieved 22 August 2011.
  15. ^ Cooper, Suzanne Fagence (2003). Pre-Raphaelite Art in the Victoria & Albert Museum. London: V&A Publications. p. 153. ISBN 1-85177-393-2.
  16. ^ "Mells WW1 And WW2 Tablet". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  17. ^ Foyle, Andrew; Pevsner, Nikolaus (2011). The Buildings of England: Somerset North and Bristol. New Haven: Yale University Press. p. 555. ISBN 978-0-300-12658-7.
  18. ^ "R Asquith". Imperial War Museum. Retrieved 17 September 2017.
  19. ^ Byford, Enid (1987). Somerset Curiosities. Dovecote Press. p. 23. ISBN 0946159483.
  20. ^ Morris, Susan. "Sir Alfred Munnings. An Artists Life" (PDF). Richard Green. Archived from the original (PDF) on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 21 March 2014.