Church of St Edward King and Martyr, Goathurst

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Church of St Edward King and Martyr
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Church of St Edward King and Martyr, Goathurst is located in Somerset
Church of St Edward King and Martyr, Goathurst
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or city Goathurst
Country England
Coordinates 51°06′11″N 3°03′43″W / 51.1030°N 3.0620°W / 51.1030; -3.0620
Completed 14th century

The Church of St Edward King and Martyr in Goathurst, Somerset, England dates from the 14th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1]

The parish was originally part of the Royal Forest of North Petherton and its first squire owned St Edward's church. The dedication to Edward the Martyr is unusual, Edward was a young Saxon king who was murdered by his stepmother Elfrida in 978 at Corfe Castle in Dorset so that her own son would become king.[2]

The church includes a 19th-century monument to three-year-old Isabella Kemeys, showing the child lying on a pillow holding a broken flower,[3] and monuments to the Kemeys-Tynte family of Halswell House.[2]

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  1. ^ "Church of St Edward King and Martyr". Images of England. Retrieved 2006-11-04. 
  2. ^ a b "Goathurst". Quantock Online. Retrieved 2009-05-12. 
  3. ^ Simmons, Louise. "The Hidden Churches of Somerset". Time Travel Britain. Retrieved 2009-05-12.