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Downside Abbey

This is a working Benedictine community which was re-established in England in 1795. The present buildings were begun in 1872.
These are the modern monuments of the abbots, all in a medieval style. Unfortunately I have been unable to name many of them. 

Above: Cardinal Gasquet (1929) Designed by Sir Giles Gilbert Scott and carved by E. Carter

Below: Abbot Ramsay (ob 1929) by Scott


Above: Abbot Ford


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Dunster - St George

Church open during normal hours. There is limited parking in the town; otherwise a relatively expensive pay and display car park a five to ten minute somewhat difficult walk to the church.
Nave South Transept Chancel

Lady c 1300

Sir Hugh Luttrell (1428) & Wife Alabaster. The Luttrells came into possession of the castle in 1376

John Wyther (1487) & Wife
(brasses on floor at western most part of south aisle of the nave) 

Adam de Cheddar (c 1350) coffin lid with incised foliated cross. Not in situ.

South Chapel


Lady Elizabeth Luttrell (1493)
Incised alabaster slab.

Thomas Luttrell (1571) & Wife and
George Luttrell (1629) & Wife (1613)
This monument was set up by George (the kneeling figure) after the death of his wife

Mrs Ann Luttrell (1731)
By M Sidnell of Bristol (signed)

Left: close ups of figures from the 17th century Lutterell monument; and

Above: Close ups of effigies from the 14th century Luttrell monuments

Farleigh Hungerford
Castle Chapel
(St Leonard's Chapel)

The castle & its chapel are under the care of English Heritage. For the entrance fee and the hours of opening - which vary according to the time of the year - visit:
Car park and photography are included in the entrance fee 

 Sir Walter Hungerford IV (1596)
Chancel: this and the tomb chest on the right are similar but not identical

Mary Shaa (1613)
The slab is plain: she kneels with her family at the front. Sister of Sir Walter IV & Sir Edward  II

 Sir Edward Hungerford  II (1607)
Chapel . Both of these two monuments have deeply incised inscriptions on the top slab

Above & to left & right
Sir Edward Hungerford III & (1648) & Margaret (1672)
Parlimentary commander in the Civil War

Above & to the left & right
Sir Thomas Hungerford (1398) & Joan
He was the founder of the castle

 Curiosity: Lead Coffins in the Crypt (left)
Lead coffins were in use from about 1500-1650, some of which were anthropomorphic in shape. They were originally contained in an outer wooden cases. Some of these coffins have the face of the deceased moulded onto them; sometimes this moulding may be actually taken from a death mask but it is unlikely that this was the case at Farleigh Hungerford.
There are eight such coffins at Farleigh Hungerford: four adult males, two adult females and two children. Four of these have faces moulded on them. The coffins contain the remains of the following:
Sir Edward III & Margaret (Hallyday)
Jane Hele (1664), wife of Sir Edward IV
Edward (1689), their son
Alathea, his wife

Incised slab to a chantry priest c 1500
Very worn but the head and shouldes can just be made out

Farleigh Hungerford
St Leonard - Parish Church

I made an unplanned visit to the parish church of Farleigh Hungerford when I visited the castle. Unfortunately it was firmly locked and there was no indication on the notice board on the entrance to the church yard (there was none on the actual church) from whom to obtain the key.
The monuments are:
1. Dorothea Torriano Houlton (1799) & John Houlton (1839) 2. Mrs Shirley (1828) & 3. Lady Wilson (1864)

Farrington Gurney - St John the Baptist

A mundane collection of wall monuments to the Mogg Family; all from the 19th century except the first which dates from the 18th and predates the church

Freshford - St Peter

William Edward Chapman (1914) Rector for 23 years

High Littleton
Holy Trinity

Robert (1656) & Millisent ( 1664) Langford & members of their familily until 1883

Glastonbury - The Abbey

The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle states (1016) 'King Edmund [Ironside] passed away and is buried with his grandfather Edgar in Glastonbury'. Florence of Worcester states (946) 'Eadmund [Edmund I] ... was killed...his body was carried to Glastonbury and buried...'. (975) '...King Eadgar [Edgar] ... departed this life on Thursday ... . His body was carried to Glastonbury and buried there... ' (1016) ' King Eadmund  Ironside died at London and was buried at Glastonbury by the side of his grandfather, King Eadgar'. However see the Winchester page for the burial place of Edmund Ironside. William of Malmesbury states 'By common consent, then,  it was determined that his [i.e. Edmund I] body should be brought to Glastonbury, and there magnificently buried, in northern part of the tower'. 'he [Edgar] ... was buried at Glastonbury.' ' 1052 ... his royal remains were placed above the altar in a shrine'. 'he [Edmund Ironside] was buried at Glastonbury near his grandfather Edgar'. (History of the Kings before the Norman Conquest) He reinforces this is his Antiquities of Glastonbury by stating (although somewhat ambiguously) that Edmund I was buried below the tower to the right and Edmund Ironside was buried in front of the altar. He further states that Edgar was at first buried in a 'pillar' before the entrance to the church but was later translated to a shrine above the altar.
John Leland in his Itinerary, describing his journey in the time of Henry VIII, states that Edmund 'Senior's' tomb was in the north part of the presbytery and Edmund Ironside's on its south side. He does not describe these monuments nor detail any epitaph. However he does give the epitaph on the tomb of the legendary King Arthur which he states is in the centre of the presbytery. King Arthur's body (or rather a body reputed to be his) was exhumed from the cemetery and reburied in the church in the time of Edward I. Leland refers to Abbot Bere building the Edgar Chapel to the east of the church; this was to house the tomb of the highly regarded King  Edgar in a most important position.
None of these monuments remains. It is interesting to note that the site of Arthur's tomb has been marked in modern times but those of the early English kings who actually existed have not!  

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Goathurst - St Edward

Church open normal hours. Park in the village; the church is at the end of the village


Sir Charles Kemys Tynte MP (1785)
Younger brother of Sir John
By Nollekens

 Milborne Kemeys Tynte Esq (1845)
Lt 47 Royal Irish Reg of Dragoon of Guards
Died in riding accident

 Rev Sir John Tynte (1742)
Rector 1731-1740
By J M Rysbrack

Halswell (North) Chapel

Sir Nicholas (1633) & Bridget (1627) Halswell

6 sons and 3 daughters
kneel around the t.c. He was MP for Bridgewater and JP. He imprisoned in 1603 'one John Gilbert, alias Gogulmere, a fanatical minister,  for having...attempted to preach naked in...North Petherton'

 Isabella Anne Kemeys Tynte (1835)
She died aged 3
Marble by Raffaeli Monti

Sir Hugh Halswell Tynte & Other Members of His Family (1650)
Latin inscription. Note the allegorical flanking figures of Faith & Hope; above are two cheubs, one with hour glass, the other with skull.

Jane Halswell (d. 1646), grandaughter of Sir Nicholas (above) was the sole heiress and she married a John Tynte, uniting the two manors: their son was Sir Hugh (above)

Hinton Charterhouse

St John the Baptist

John (1668) & Margaret Shutt

 Top: Samuel Day (1806)
Bottom: Sarah [Banicer] (1770)

Top: not legible
Bottom: George Clerke Symonds (18[36])

Samuel Skurray Day

TopWalter Robinson (1737)
Bottom: Robert Painter (17[56])

John Painter (1809) by W Brewer

Hinton St George - St George

Church open during normal hours. Park in the village



Sir Anthony Poulett (1600) & Wife (1601) & Children


(c. 1475)
Note the two belts 

John Thudderle & Wife (late 15th C.)


Anne Poulett (1765)

Above Left: Vice-Admiral Hon. George Poulett RN (1854) & his wife Catherine Sophia (1831) & their daughter Augusta Margaret (1836 age 16), & their sons: Captain George A.,  of HM 54th Reg (1850),  Lt Henry Ashton V.  Native Infantry of Bengal (1842) & John Powell (1829 in infancy)

Above Centre: John, 4th Earl & Viscount, 8th Baron Poulett (1819)

Above Left:  Thomas Beagey (1826)

Rebecca Poulett (1765)

South Aisle

Emma Sophia (1876)
wife of William, 6th Earl Poulett

William H. 6th Earl Poulett (1899)

Catharine Cole

 Abigail Bicknell (1824)
She died aged 18

Not legible  

Poulet Aisle
This aisle cannot be entered but the monuments are easily visible over the locked barrier.

 Bridgett Poulett (1747)

John, 1st Earl Poulett (1744)  By Rysbrack

I was unable to read the inscription on this monument

Top: George Amias Fitzwarrine, 8th & Last Earl Poulett (1973)
Bottom: Vere Earl Poulett (1819) by Sir R. Westmacott

 John Vere M. Amias Poulett (1857)
By E. J. Physick of London

Poulet Chapel
This chapel is entered via the Poulet aisle above so cannot be entered; nor are the monuments visible

Sir Amyas Poulett II (1588) alabaster effigy; the inscription on the tomb chest is in French. He was for a time guardian of Mary, Queen of Scots, who described him as 'one of the most zealous and pitiless men I have ever known'.
Brought here from St Martin-in-the-Fields, London
see also photograph on the right

Left Sir Amyas Poulett (1537) & Second Wife & Right his son  Sir Hugh Poulett (1572) & First Wife (above and below)
An identical pair; the t.c's are reused older pieces. Note the kneeling children. Probably organised by Sir Hugh on the death of his father, the date of Sir Hugh's death being left blank.

John Baron Poulett (1649)  Plaster.  The putti over the arms hold a circlet of flowers. The date looks early 18th century & by foreign craftsman.

Bernard Hutchins (1733)
Black sarcophagus between twin pilasters below a pediment. Below this is the whole of  the Sir Amyas II monument.

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St John the Baptist

Sir Henry Bridges (1587)

Thomas Bridges (date not legible)

Andrew Chocke (1653)

Sir Thomas Bridges (1666)

Margarita Simpson (1792)

Joan Flover (no date)

James Whippie (1787) & Family to 1819

Edward Lynee (1819) by King of Bath

James Bouchier (1753)

George Bridges (1677)

Incised slabs with insciptions and crosses

John Francis Cunning
(date not legible)

Langridge - St Mary Magdelen

Ann Cunning (1817)

Lady early 14th century
The brass to Elizabeth Walsche (1441), reported in Pevsner has since been stolen (information 2009)

Litten - St Mary

Mary (1732), Cornelius (1746) & Elizabeth (1760) Salvidge

Long Ashton


Montacute - St Catherine

Church open during normal hours. Park in the village

Left Top: Bridget Phelips (1608)
Left Centre & Right: David Phelips (1485) & Wife
Left Lower & Close Ups Below:
Thomas Phelips (1558) & Wife (1598)

All the monuments are in the North Transept

Left: Edward Phelips (1690)
Right: Thomas Phelips & Wife

Nettlecombe - St Mary

The church open during normal hours - park near the church
There is no village as such: 77 dwellings in the parish, Nettlecombe Court, the manor house, and immediately next to it the parish church. Nettlecome Court is now a Field Centre.

South - or Ralegh Aisle Nave

John Oatway (1798)
by King of Bath

Sir John de Ralegh & Maud (c 1350-60)
A large hound - attached to the lady's effigy - lies in between the two figures

A Raleigh (c. 1300)
Note heraldry (a bend fusilée) carved on shield

Joan Alys Wolseley (1943)
with bronze Madonna & Child
by Ernist Gillick 1945

The above effigies lies in very deep tomb recesses in the north wall; these extend out of the main body of the church.

Right: Inscription around edge reads:'Here lies the body of John Trevelyan Esq. who was buried in the year of our God 1623. His age was 67 years' The face bears the arms and an inscription to his wife Urith (1591) and says they left five sons: John, George, Ames, Christopher & Elcana.

Left: Urith, Lady Trevelyan (1697) the first wife of Sir John Trevelyan (1670-1755)

There were also five daughters: Elizabeth, Eulalia, Marie, Johane & Susanna.

An easy church to miss, so best to obtain a 1:50 000 map of the area. Take the B3188 from Elworthy to Monksilver. Nettlecombe is signposted on the other side of Monksilver down an unclassified road on the left. There is a left hand bend and then a hill to climb. Don't go too far! Watch out for the cemetery on the right, then immediately turn right along what looks like a private road signposted  to a Field Centre; this is a large sign but below this is a small sign - easily missed - to the church. Mind the steps down from the south door entrance!

Ward Family (1770) by Ford

North Stoke - St Martin

Lt Col Alexander (1835) & Catherine Lawrence (1846) Their sons included a Brig Gen, a Mjr Gen, two Lt Gens, a Viceroy of India and two baronettes; the daughter married the Rector
John (1774) & Elizabeth Ash (1769)
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Norton Malregard - Holy Trinity

Robert Paine (1720)

Shute (1766) & Frances (1775) Adam and other family members


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