...keeping Somerset's churches & chapels alive
Somerset Churches and the Victorian Gothic Revival
Start Date/Time:
13 October 2018 10:00
Recurring Event:
One time event

St Thomas of Canterbury, Lovington BA7 7PY, Listed Grade II*. Origi- nally of medieval origins, c. C13th, the nave and south porch were demolished and rebuilt in 1862–63 to the same design with the north aisle, vestry, and tower turret added by the architects, Paull and Robinson of Cardiff. Donations please for coffee at 10am. On to St Peter, Hornblotton BA4 6SB, Listed Grade I (right), for 12 noon. Built 1872–1874 to the design of Sir Thomas Graham Jackson for the Rector, Godfrey Thring, St Peter’s replaces an earlier church on the same site that had fallen into disrepair. Lunch here 1pm – bring your own (essential), liquid refreshments provided – donations please. Depart approx. 1.30pm for Holy Trinity 1844–1846, Chantry, Nr Frome BA11 3LJ, Listed Grade I. Built to the design of Sir George Gilbert Scott and William Moffitt for Mr James Fussell, owner of the nearby Old Iron Works, Mells. Depart for St Thomas, 75 St Thomas Street, Wells BA5 2UZ, Listed Grade II*, arriving approx. 4pm. Designed by S S Teulon, a Victorian Architect whose reputation has grown over the years, and opened in 1857 to serve the desperately poor of East Wells, this magnificent church is the Gothic Revival at its most extravagant. A fiting place to finish. Tea here – donations please.

Book with Philip Skelhorn, email:, tel: 01963 220586. 

A Welcome from the Chairman

Welcome to our website. We are an independent, non-denominational trust raising money for the repair and improvement of churches and chapels open for Christian worship in the historic county of Somerset. The Trust, founded in 1996 under the name Friends of Somerset Churches and Chapels, exists to encourage interest and the involvement of all members of the community in the magnificent heritage of our fine religious buildings. Already, since its founding, the Trust has made grants of almost £700,000 to over 300 churches and chapels in Somerset. I hope to meet you at one of our church crawls. If you need any information about our activities or how to apply for a grant do please get in touch. All the information you need is on our contacts page.
 Dr Axel Palmer Chairman

Grant Applications and Closing Date

We welcome applications from churches and chapels of all denominations for grants towards repairs and improvements to enable wider community use subject to our grant terms and conditions. Applicants who are not already members of the trust must become members for at least three years in order for a grant to be paid. Grant applications must normally be received one calendar month before the date of the trustees meeting at which the application will be considered. The next closing date will be   22nd March 2019 for the trustees meeting on 27th April 2019.   Click here for more information on Grant Applications.

See Where We've Been on our Church Crawls!

A complete list is now available of every church and chapel we have ever visited since the trust was formed in 1996. You can search by the date of the first visit or alphabetically. Click on the links below to go straight to the lists. If there is somewhere we have missed where you would like to visit then do let us know.

Churches and Chapels visited by date of first visit.
Alphabetical list of churches and chapels visited.

2019 - Our Best Events Programme Yet

We are delighted to announce our Events Programme for 2019. Highlights include a visit to Fairfield House, home of Elizabeth, Lady Gass, DCVO a former Lord-Lieutenant of Somerset and one of our Patrons, (part of our Annual Meeting on 27th April) a tour of churches in South West Somerset looking at woodwork and effigies with Julian Gibbs, Curator for the National Trust from 1979-2010 and Lucy Wood who was responsible for the new Furniture Gallery at the V&A. (22nd June) Julian Orbach who revised and enlarged the Pevsner Guide to the Buildings of England for Somerset: South and West leads a tour of churches in North East Somerset on 17th August. We start our programme on SATURDAY 23RD MARCH with a tour of churches of the 20th Century. This is a continuation of Philip Skelhorn's fascinating series following the different periods of church building. Full details are shown on the front page of our programme below.

Click here to see the full programme for 2019.

2018 Annual Report and Accounts

This has now been sent to all members. Click here to see the full report.


Links Page

The Somerset Historic Environment Record is part of the much larger South West Heritage Trust website. Our Links Page has links to this website and over twenty other organisations concerned with religious and historic buildings.


Click here for the following: Books for Sale, Annual ReportsTrustees Annual Reports and Accounts, Press Releases, Church Card Archive, Churches and Chapels Visited by DateChurches and Chapels visited by Location, Policies and Procedures

Our Patron Kevin McCloud, the presenter of Grand Designs says:

“Our churches are literally our historic and cultural touchstones – in our landscapes, built environment, family histories and our communities. They embody faith, beauty, craftsmanship and collective memory. So we should cherish them.”

Simon Colledge recalls the Church Crawl on 19th May to St Michael, Wayford (interior pictured left) St Stephen, Winsham and St Thomas, Cricket St Thomas. Click heading for full details.

Fifteen hardy souls braved the wintery weather to enjoy a tour of Cheddar Churches and were rewarded with a wondrous spread at the Baptist Church.(pictured left)

The Somerset Churches Trust/Allchurches Trust Scheme for grants towards roof alarms has been featured on a number of news reports by BBC West. Click on heading for link to the report.

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