Thursday, February 26, 2009

St Peter, Draycott, Somerset

Was my first new visit. I must have chosen to ignore this simple cruciform church of 1861 before. Today I found it quite charming, with an east apse and an impressive ironwork chancel screen. Double bellcote over the chancel arch. The seating is grey plastic stacking chairs - quite hideous - but the font is an enormous square bowl on stubby stem, the faces decorated with rosettes and containing a centrally placed relief. The font is the subject of much debate and has been purchased by a collector of the work of Burges for £100,000. It may be removed from the church very soon.

UPDATE 7th December 2011. Thanks to the comments on this post still accessible below. However it is quite appropriate to record now in the main text - often the only part casual visitors see - that although the above entry was correct at the time of writing, it is now completely out-of-date. The future of this font has been secured and it will remain in St Peter's church.

More pictures of this church on my flickr photostream


  1. Thank you for your visit and comments (even about the horrendous chairs! we agree!) I'm afraid your statement about the Font being sold is not true: If you would like the full story of the Font please go to our website:

  2. Phil,
    You are a genius! Thanks so much for helping identify the church on our blog—we were actually starting to doubt it was England, though not sure how photos got mixed up.

  3. Hi Phil,

    Just to bring this up to date. The Court of Arches determined that Draycott couldn't sell the font. It is still there. The church has now been refurbished and they recently celebrated the 150th anniversary. The font is in use as can be seen in some happy baptismal photos on