Church of St Peter, Englishcombe

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Church of St Peter, Englishcombe
Church englishcombe.jpg
St Peter's church seen from the southeast
Church of St Peter, Englishcombe is located in Somerset
Church of St Peter, Englishcombe
Church of St Peter, Englishcombe
Location within Somerset
51°21′50″N 2°24′31″W / 51.36389°N 2.40861°W / 51.36389; -2.40861Coordinates: 51°21′50″N 2°24′31″W / 51.36389°N 2.40861°W / 51.36389; -2.40861
Location Englishcombe, Somerset
Country England
Denomination Church of England
Founded 12th century
Dedication Saint Peter
Heritage designation Grade I Listed
Designated 1 February 1956[1]
Style Norman,
Diocese Exeter
Province Canterbury

The Church of St Peter is the Church of England parish church of Englishcombe, Somerset, England. It is a Grade I listed building.[1]


St Peter's was probably built for Robert de Gournay in the 12th century.[2] The church was given to the Cluniac Priory of Bermondsey in 1112 by the Lady Hawisia de Gournay, and by the Cluniacs to the monks of Bath in 1239.[3]

The church has Norman arches and leper holes in the porch, which would have enabled lepers to hear the sermon without coming into contact with the rest of the congregation.[4] On either side of the chancel are corbel tables depicting animals and people.[5]

The parish is in the benefice of Bath St Barnabas with Englishcombe.[6]

Leper holes in St Peter's church

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  1. ^ a b Historic England. "Church of St Peter  (Grade I) (1129441)". National Heritage List for England (NHLE). Retrieved 14 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Manco, J (1995). The Parish of Englishcombe: A History. pp. 2, 4. 
  3. ^ Hill, James (1914), "Full text of 'The place-names of Somerset'",, retrieved 6 March 2011 
  4. ^ "Tour of Englishcombe". Salem Evangelical Centre. Archived from the original on 29 September 2007. Retrieved 29 March 2007. 
  5. ^ Downes, Robin. "Church of St Peter, Englishcombe, Bath & North-East Somerset" (PDF). Englishcombe. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Archbishops' Council. "St Peter's, Englishcombe". Church of England. Retrieved 26 September 2011. 

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