St Philip & St James Church, Burtle

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Built in 1838-9 by Richard Carver, the County Architect and Surveyor. Coursed and squared rubble, freestone dressings, slender buttresses with offsets, coped verges, slate roof; to east a cruciform finial; to west a polygonal stone bellcote with embattled parapet and ribbed stone spirelet with poppy finial, weathervane, each alternating face with bell-opening, wooden louvres. Nave, chancel, south porch, north vestry.

Decorated style. Three bay nave, 2-light windows with simple stone tracery, west end with narrow door opening, above a blank 4-light stone mullioned and transomed window. Simple porch, plain outer door opening, flagstone floor, inner plank door with good iron hinges. Small plain vestry. Single bay chancel, 2-light square-headed windows to north and south; 3-light east window with intersecting tracery. Plastered interior on flagstone, tile and encaustic tile floors; plastered elliptical shaped ceiling to nave; plastered wagon ceiling to chancel; bold ornamental cornices; plastered chancel arch.

The fittings are contemporary, including west gallery, pews, font, reader, pulpit, decalogue plaque, altar rails and choir stalls. Jacobean coffin stool. C19 wheeled bier. Stained glass to west window of 1864; other windows with plain square paned leaded lights. Brass memorial plaque of 1892. (Colvin H M, Biographical Dictionary of British Architects, 1978).

St Philip and St James Church Burtle is celebrating its 175th birthday this year.  To mark the occasion the Friends of Burtle Church has commissioned a booklet covering the history of the church, a plan of the church yard and other facts and information.  Copies cost just 3.50 and may be purchased at the church or by post.  Please send a stamped addressed A5 envelope with cheque payable to St Philip and St James Church, Burtle, to:

The Treasurer
Burtle Rd
Bridgwater TA7 8NB

or email  

Hurry there is only a limited number available so get your copy today.

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