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St. Bartholomew, Crewkerne, Somerset

Description

The church of St. Bartholomew is a handsome cruciform building of stone in the Perpendicular style, consisting of chancel, clerestoried nave of four bays, aisles, transepts, south porch and a lofty embattled central tower with angle turrets containing a clock with chimes, provided in 1902, at a cost of £250, and 8 bells, recast and rehung, and two new ones added in 1894, at a cost of £600, of which amount C. W. Haslock esq. and the late Messrs. W. Sparks and G. Joliff contributed £400: this church is believed to stand on the site of a church mentioned in "Domesday," and dedicated to St. Stephen; all traces of the Saxon church, and of any Norman building which may have succeeded it, are entirely gone, but evidences appear of a church of the 13th century, and from certain peculiarities of the place and arrangements it would seem probable that the present church has portions of that church incorporated with it: there are remains of ancient stained glass in some of the windows: the stained east window is a memorial to Mr. J. Hussey and his wife, and there are others to the Wills family, and to the Rev. H. T. Breay B.A. vicar 1877-80, and to Miss Ramsay: the church was generally restored, with the exception of the chancel, in 1887-9, at a cost of £3,3157, of which sum the late Major Sparks, of Crewkerne, contributed £700: in 1893, two readers' stalls and 24 bench ends, all of carved oak, were erected: the whole chancel was restored and decorated in 1899 by the Hussey family: in 1903 a reredos of stone was erected by Miss Hussey: in 1904 the carved oak fan vaulting in the tower lantern was presented by an anonymous donor, and in 1906 a new organ was presented at a cost of £2,000 by Miss Sparks: the church will seat 800 persons.

St. Bartholomew, CrewkerneNave of St. Bartholomew, Crewkerne

Church Records

The parish register dates from the year 1585.

The Phillimore transcript of Marriages at Crewkerne 1559-1812, Somerset is available to browse online.

St. Bartholomew
Crewkerne
Somerset

Denomination:Church of England
Diocese:Bath & Wells
Sittings:800
Graveyard:Yes