Taunton St James, Somerset

Historical Description

St James' Church was the church of an Augustinian priory founded in 1127, is of Later English date, and has a very fine tower which was rebuilt in 1870; the whole building was well restored in 1884. The living is a vicarage in the diocese of Bath and Wells; gross value, £310 with residence. A chapel belonging to the same priory, and of Early Decorated date, stands on Priory Farm, and is now used as a barn and stables. Population of St James, 5909.

Transcribed from The Comprehensive Gazetteer of England & Wales, 1894-5

Church Records

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Newspapers and Periodicals

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