...keeping Somerset's churches & chapels alive
Somerset Churches of the 20C
Start Date/Time:
23 March 2019 12:30
Recurring Event:
One time event

This Crawl endeavours to highlight, in the small geographical area of Weston-super-Mare, the development of churches across the denominations resulting from the changing circumstances of the 20thC.

All Saints, All Saints Road, BS23 2NL. Arrive 12.30 for 1pm. ‘The finest church of entirely modern foundation in Somerset’ (Sir John Betjeman, Poet Laureate). Opened 1902, it is one of Royal Academician, George Bodley’s, last creations. Then to Corpus Christi, 14 Ellenborough Park South, BS23 1XW. The ‘new church’ of Corpus Christi was opened in 1929, exactly 100 years after the Catholic Emancipation Act. Catholic churches have a distinct character, in this case an Italianate appearance, internally driven largely by litur- gical function. On to Boulevard United Reformed, Waterloo Street, BS23 1LF. Built 1959 to the design of Gordon W. Jackson, this is a post war replacement of the original urban Gothic church, destroyed by bombing in the 2nd World War.

Lastly to St Paul, Walliscote Road, BA23 1EF. St Paul’s post- War rebuild was perhaps the town’s final architectural show of dominant ecclesiastical self-confidence, encompassing a variety of uses as well as showing external religiosity and is a very popular venue. Afternoon 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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