The Church of St Laurence is an active Anglican church in the diocese of Bath and Wells, in Somerset. The Grade I listed building dates from the 13th century, with some rebuilding work carried out during the 15th century. The church was dedicated to St Laurence on 10 August 1352, and is surrounded by a circular churchyard which predates the building.
By the 19th century the church was in a bad state of repair. During the subsequent extensive restoration work, a memorial stone commemorating earlier repairs carried out following the Great Storm of 1703 was discovered.
Architecture and contents
The church is constructed using carboniferous limestone, and has a naveCentral part of a church, used by the laiety., chancelPart of a church containing the altar, used by the officiating clergy., north aisle, north and south transeptsPart of a Christian church crossing the area between the nave and the chancel, forming a characteristic cruciform shape. and a south porch. The three-stage west tower is supported by diagonal buttresses, and houses six bells.
The interior includes a 15th-century roodScreen separating the chancel from the nave, typically in late medieval Christion churches. and parclose screens, and a stone pulpit at the remains of the rood stair; the baptismal font is Norman. The pews and other woodwork were all renewed in the 19th century. A silver-gilt chalice from 1573, owned by the church, is kept in a bank vault. A 15th-century altar frontal of irises on Italian brocade is now preserved in a glass case.
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