St Michael's Church, Monkton Combe

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St Michael's Church, Monkton Combe
Monkton combe church arp.jpg
51°21′22″N 2°19′43″W / 51.35611°N 2.32861°W / 51.35611; -2.32861Coordinates: 51°21′22″N 2°19′43″W / 51.35611°N 2.32861°W / 51.35611; -2.32861
Denomination Church of England
Churchmanship Broad Church
History
Dedication St. Michael
Administration
Parish Monkton Combe
Diocese Bath and Wells
Province Canterbury

St Michael's Church is the Church of England parish church of Monkton Combe, Somerset, England. It is a Grade II listed building.[1]

Background[edit]

The structure is mostly mid-Victorian. Predominately an example of Early English Gothic Revival, the structure has a steep pitched polychrome Welsh Slate roof and other aspects that clearly mark it from a distance as being a mid 19th Century construction. The main tower is surmounted by a gilded weather cock.

Norman Church[edit]

The town was owned by the Bath Abbey monks, hence the name Monkton Combe, and the first structure was considered to be an “ancient Norman” one, and the parish minutes of 1757 give a glimpse of the small church structure having a chancel with at least two pews in it.[2] “The church is a small structure, 50 feet in length and 16 feet in breadth, covered with tiles; at the west end in a little stone turret hangs two small bells. It is dedicated to St. Michael.”[3][4]

Regency Church[edit]

“About the beginning of the 19th century, when this little old church, after long neglect, needed extensive repairs, the inhabitant instead of repairing it, pulled it down and out of its materials build a new church of about the same size, seating only 95 persons, but to their minds no doubt more comfortable. It was erected in 1814 and did not last long. The Rev. Francis Pocock, being appointed vicar of Monkton Combe in 1863, found this church in a dilapidated state, and … for the needs for the parish, and had the courage to undertake the entire rebuilding of the sacred edifice.”[2]

Victorian Church[edit]

The tower contains an 8-bell carillon which was installed in the 1920s.[5]

Organ[edit]

The church contains a two manual pipe organ by Henry Jones and Sons.[6]

Churchyard[edit]

The churchyard contains the grave of Harry Patch, known as the "Last Fighting Tommy" and the last surviving soldier to have fought in the trenches of World War I. He was buried there following his death in July 2009 at the age of 111, alongside several members of his family.[4]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "St Michael's Church, Monkton Combe". British Listed Buildings. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "St Michael, Monkton Combe". Church of England. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  3. ^ "Church of St. Michael and All Angels". Monkton Combe. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  4. ^ a b "St. Michael's Church". Monkton Combe. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  5. ^ "St Michael and All Angels, Monkton Combe". Holy Trinity. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  6. ^ "Somerset (Avon), Monkton Combe St. Michael [N08612]". National Pipe Organ Register. Retrieved 5 September 2011. 
  • Rev. John Collinson, History of Somerset, 1791.
  • Rev. D. Lee Pitcairn and Rev. Alfred Richardson, An Historical Guide to Monkton Combe, Combe Down and Claverton (Bath: F. Goodall Printer, 1924) 28–29.
  • Bath Chronicle, July 6, 1865.
  • Nikolaus Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, (Harmondsworth, Middlesex: Penguin Books, 1958), 229.