Church Warden

Richard Gambrill

Telephone:       01963 33398 Saturday and Sunday only Email:     (On week days) richardgambrill@aol.com

 

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History

 

From the Church of Bratton Seymour, situated on the slope of Bratton Hill,there are outstanding views east towards Penselwood and St Alfred’s Tower. it is in the centre of a small scattered village, just to the north of the Wincanton-Castle Cary road near Jack White’s Gibbet, and dates back to Norman times. The name Bratton means farmstead by a brook with the suffix St Maur indicating manorial ownership by the family of that name.

A Norman Font and the Norman south doorway are unique features of this simple two cell church of nave, chancel, and tower. The low perpendicular tower was probably built in two stages – originally in the 13th or 14th centuries and completed or remodelled in the 15th century. A south porch and vestry have been added later. Much restoration work dates from 1830.

 Significant features in the church and churchyard

Simple two cell interior with scraped west wall, after the Victorian fashion

 Three bells, dated 1390, 1450, and the third recast 1824, in the tower

Furnishings – Norman font with evidence of former secure cover

World War I memorial to John Charles Hodges, killed 1916

Norman south doorway with zigzag decoration

View of church, its embattled tower with minute corner pinnacles, and evidence of higher, steeper pitched roof

Chancel windows – south early 14th century, east with intersecting tracery

Porch with curious decorated wedge-shaped stones in the outer arch

Chancel windows – south early 14th century, east with intersecting tracery

Blocked west door with early 14th century two-light window above

Stunning views eastwards

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