Church of St Peter, Camerton Park

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Church of St Peter
Square gray tower of stone church building, partially obscured by trees. Red roofed lych gate to right. Grass and gravestones in the foreground
Location Camerton, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°18′54″N 2°27′02″W / 51.3151°N 2.4505°W / 51.3151; -2.4505Coordinates: 51°18′54″N 2°27′02″W / 51.3151°N 2.4505°W / 51.3151; -2.4505
Built 15th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 1 February 1956[1]
Reference no. 32670
Church of St Peter, Camerton Park is located in Somerset
Church of St Peter, Camerton Park
Location of Church of St Peter in Somerset

The Church of St Peter at Camerton Park in Camerton, Somerset, England was built in the 15th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.[1]

From 1800 to 1839 the vicar was the archaeologist John Skinner.[2] He excavated numerous antiquities, especially barrows, such as those at Priddy and Stoney Littleton; and he made visits for antiquarian purposes to many places.[3] His journals (1803-34), published many years after his death, are preserved at the British Library. Skinner committed suicide by shooting himself in 1839, despite which he may have been buried in consecrated ground at Camerton.[2]

In the early 19th century the church still had a medieval nave and chancel which Skinner started to extend. This was revised by Thomas Garner in 1892 by the family of John Jarrett, the lord of the manor.[4] The north chapel was built in 1638 by the Carew family and still remains.[5] There are several monuments to members of the Carew and Lansdown families within the church.[6]

The parish is part of the benefice of Timsbury with Priston, Camerton and Dunkerton within the deanery of Midsomer Norton.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Church of St. Peter". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 18 July 2009. 
  2. ^ a b Thomas, Rod (2008). A Sacred landscape: The prehistory of Bathampton Down. Bath: Millstream Books. pp. 58–59. ISBN 978-0-948975-86-8. 
  3. ^ Coombs, Howard and Peter (eds), Journal of a Somerset Rector (OUP, 1971, 1984) pp 508-510 has a fill list of all his tours up to 1832.
  4. ^ Dunning, Robert (1996). Fifty Somerset Churches. Somerset Books. pp. 147–151. ISBN 978-0861833092. 
  5. ^ "Villages A to E". Mendip Ramblers. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Somerset". Church Monuments Society. Retrieved 18 September 2011. 
  7. ^ "St Peter, Camerton". Church of England. Retrieved 18 September 2011.