St Andrew's Church, Chew Stoke

St Andrew's Church, Chew Stoke

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St Andrew's Church, Chew Stoke

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St Andrews Church (), of the Church of England, is on the outskirts of Chew Stoke, Somerset, England.

The Parish of Chew Stoke is within the Benefice of Chew Stoke with Nempnett Thrubwell and forms part of the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

The church, parts of which date from the 15th century, is a Grade II* listed building.

Architecture

The church was constructed in the 15th century in the perpendicular style and the tower remains largely unchanged, however the main body underwent extensive renovation and the addition of the north isle in 1862. It has diagonal buttresses and a paneled parapet on the west tower which has an unusual spirelet on the staircase turret, and contains bells cast by the Bilbie family in the village.

The tower, which was built around 1475, has an ornate crown with an elaborate spirelet over the stair turret with two tiers of arcading.

Bells

The oldest bell in the tower dates from 1698 and was cast by the Bilbie family in the village. Others from the same maker are dated 1718 and 1731. The bells were tuned and re-hung into anew frame in 1908 and again in 1996 with a new bell from John Taylor's foundry in Loughborough replacing the treble. The redundant bell is now on display at the back of the church as a memorial to the Bilbies.

Church interior

The Victorian square font and pulpit match, but are now largely whitewashed, as is much of...
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