With Julian Gibbs and Lucy Wood. Julian was Curator for the National Trust from 1979 – 2010. Member of Bath & Wells DAC. Lucy’s career is in historic furniture. As Senior Curator of Furniture, she was responsible for the new Furniture Gallery at the V&A. Today, she is a freelance consultant in late 17th to early 19thC furniture.
Start at SS Peter and Paul, Churchstanton, TA3 7QE. 18thC box pews, gallery faced with 16thC bench ends, Jacobean pulpit, Norman font, 13thC arcade to the south aisle and striking stained glass from the 1930s.
On to St Mary, Buckland St Mary, TA20 3SL. Described by Pevsner as ‘a noble incon- gruity’ built in the 1850s by the then rector in memory of his wife who died in childbirth. No expense was spared in creating ‘a lavish and ornate building’ that includes a memorial to his wife showing her and her child bursting out of the tomb to resurrection.
Then to St Andrew, Whitestaunton, TA20 3DL. Chancel dating from the 13thC, nave and south porch from the 14thC, windows from the 15thC and west tower, delicately carved rood screen, south chapel and some bench ends from the 16thC. Restored 19thC, retained features include the south chapel, behind a carved stone screen. Chemical toilet outside.