Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton
|Church of St Peter and St Paul|
|Location||South Petherton, Somerset, England|
|Designated||19 April 1961|
The Church of St Peter and St Paul in South Petherton, Somerset, England has Saxon origins. It retains a 13th-century crosswing, with the remainder of the buildings dating from the 15th century, however it underwent major restorations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been designated as a grade I listed building.
History and architecture
The tower is an irregular octagon on plan, wider on its east-west axis, which is believed to be the tallest octagonal church tower in the United Kingdom. It was erected in stages, the lower portion is from the 13th century with the upper stages added in the 15th.
Also in the South Chapel is a Ham stone effigy of an earlier member of the Daubeney family dating from no later than 1300. The effigy is of a man clad in mail and was found at Pitway, South Petherton on 7 March 1929.
The tower houses a ring of 12 bells, augmented by a flat sixth which enables two octaves to be rung. The bells were recast in 1998; the treble weighs 4 long cwt 0 qr 6 lb (454 lb or 206 kg) while the heaviest bell, the tenor, weighs 22 long cwt 3 qr 15 lb (2,563 lb or 1,163 kg).
On 17 October 2015, the church was the venue for a successful attempt at a change ringing record, when 21,216 changes of the Cambridge Surprise Maximus method were rung non-stop by a band of twelve visiting ringers between 7am and 9.30pm. This broke the previous record of 16,368 changes set in 1965 at Birmingham Cathedral, and followed a previous unsuccessful attempt at South Petherton in 2014.
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