Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton

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Church of St Peter and St Paul
Street scene showing houses with octagonal church tower behind
Location South Petherton, Somerset, England
Coordinates 50°56′54″N 2°48′34″W / 50.94833°N 2.80944°W / 50.94833; -2.80944Coordinates: 50°56′54″N 2°48′34″W / 50.94833°N 2.80944°W / 50.94833; -2.80944
Built 13th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 19 April 1961[1]
Reference no. 264257
Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton is located in Somerset
Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton
Location of Church of St Peter and St Paul in Somerset

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.[1]

History and architecture[edit]

In its early history the church was connected to Bruton Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries.[2]

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.[3] It was erected in stages, the lower portion is from the 13th century with the upper stages added in the 15th.[2]

Interior[edit]

The church is home to several fine brass effigies. The effigies of Sir Giles Daubeney (d. 1445/46), and his first wife Joan. The effigies were engraved in around 1430.

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.[4]

There is some stained glass but much of it was destroyed during the English Civil War.[2]

Bells[edit]

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).[5][6]

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.[7][8][9] This broke the previous record of 16,368 changes set in 1965 at Birmingham Cathedral,[10] and followed a previous unsuccessful attempt at South Petherton in 2014.[11]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Church of St Peter and St Paul". Images of England. English Heritage. Retrieved 2008-07-23. 
  2. ^ a b c Robinson, W.J. (1915). West Country Churches. Bristol: Bristol Times and Mirror Ltd. pp. 197–201. 
  3. ^ Vallins, John (2003-02-18). "Country Diary". The Guardian. The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-08-15. 
  4. ^ "Chapter 1 - The Vagg Odyssey: A Thousand Years of the Vaggs'". Retrieved 2009-11-06. 
  5. ^ "Bellringing". Church of St Peter & St Paul, South Petherton. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  6. ^ "South Petherton: St Peter and St Paul". Dove's Guide for Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Bellringing record". Church of St Peter & St Paul, South Petherton. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Bell-ringers in Somerset break 50-year-old bell-ringing record". BBC News website. 18 October 2015. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "21,216 Cambridge Surprise Maximus". Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  10. ^ "16,368 Cambridge Surprise Maximus". Central Council of Church Bell Ringers. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 
  11. ^ "Bell-ringing record attempt abandoned at Somerset church". BBC News website. 11 October 2014. Retrieved 19 October 2015. 

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