St. Gregory, Weare, Somerset
The church of St. Gregory is a building of local stone, in the Perpendicular style, erected in the time of Henry VII. consisting of chancel, nave, aisle, south porch, vestry, a fine embattled western tower with a pierced parapet and four pinnacles, and containing 6 fine-toned bells: on the exterior of the tower are two canopied niches: in the sanctuary is a brass with the effigy of a merchant with a gypcière attached to his girdle, and an inscription to John Bedbere, c. 1500: the font is Norman: there are fragments of ancient stained glass in one of the windows, one: of which bears the initials J.B.; and another the five wounds; a third, the chalice and wafer; and the last a crown with the monogram "I.H.S.": in the churchyard is an ancient cross, raised on a base of four steps, the total height being about 10 feet: the church was restored and a north aisle added in 1846, at a cost of £800, and in 1886 a new organ, erected at a cost of £250: during the restoration in 1901 the removal of the plaster from the walls of the sanctuary brought to light an ancient aumbry and piscina, and on the west side of the chancel arch a doorway was found to the staircase leading to the rood-loft: there are sittings for 200 persons.
The register dates from the year 1637 and a list of vicars is kept, dating from 1309.