Church of St Mary, Cannington

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Church of St Mary
Red stone church with square tower.
Church of St Mary, Cannington is located in Somerset
Church of St Mary, Cannington
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or city Cannington
Country England
Coordinates 51°09′01″N 3°03′45″W / 51.1502°N 3.0624°W / 51.1502; -3.0624
Completed 15th century

The Church of St Mary is the parish church of Cannington, Somerset, England.

Church building[edit]

The church has a tower which dates from the 14th century, the remainder was rebuilt in the early 15th century and restored in 1840 by Richard Carver.[1] It has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[2]

The nave was built between 1375 and 1400, however the tower remains from the previous church. The pulpit is from the 15th century. Buriels and memorials in the church are to the family of John Pym.[3]

Church history[edit]

The church was linked to Cannington Priory from the Middle Ages. After the dissolution of the monasteries, the living was under the patronage of the manor of Cannington. In 1685, it was held by Elizabeth, Baroness Clifford, later by Oxford University, and eventually by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.[4]

It was previously connected to Cannington Court and is postulated as the former church of a house of Benedictine Nuns.[2] The nuns arrived in Cannington after fleeing from the French Revolution.[3]

The parish is part of the benefice of Cannington, Otterhampton, Combwich and Stockland within the Quantock deanery.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Dunning, RW, ed. (1992). A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6. pp. 87–89. ISBN 978-0-19-722780-0. 
  2. ^ a b "Church of St Mary". Images of England. Retrieved 13 January 2008. 
  3. ^ a b "Church of St Mary and churchyard, Cannington". Somerset Historic Environment Record. Somerset County Council. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  4. ^ R W Dunning, C R Elrington (Editors), A P Baggs, M C Siraut (1992). "Cannington: Church". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6: Andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and neighbouring parishes). Institute of Historical Research. 
  5. ^ "The Blessed Virgin Mary, Cannington". Church of England. Retrieved 18 September 2011.