Monday, May 19, 2008

St Mary, West Buckland, Somerset

I ambled around the outside, noting the padlock and chain on the outer gates of the porch. The wind was rather fresh, and the church is prominently placed on a hill (and a notable feature from the M5 as you head north from Devon, just past the Wellington turn-off.) Tall tower, embattled aisles, tall nave roof (but no clerestory).

There are some places you wonder why they bother locking the church as there is little inside worth taking and here was another case in point. The nave has a wagon roof, but only two bayed north and south arcades. Square Purbeck marble font in the SE chapel, and a window by Burne-Jones in the north aisle.

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