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Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton

Church of St Peter and St Paul, South Petherton

South Petherton, TA13 5, United Kingdom

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Description The Church of St Peter and St Paul in South Petherton, Somerset, England has Saxon origins. It retains a 13th-century crosswing, with the remainder of the buildings dating from the 15th century, however it underwent major restorations in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It has been designated as a grade I listed building.History and architectureIn its early history the church was connected to Bruton Abbey until the dissolution of the monasteries.The tower is an irregular octagon on plan, wider on its east-west axis, which is believed to be the tallest octagonal church tower in the United Kingdom. It was erected in stages, the lower portion is from the 13th century with the upper stages added in the 15th.InteriorThe church is home to several fine brass effigies. The effigies of Sir Giles Daubeney (d. 1445/46), and his first wife Joan. The effigies were engraved in around 1430.Also in the South Chapel is a Ham stone effigy of an earlier member of the Daubeney family dating from no later than 1300. The effigy is of a man clad in mail and was found at Pitway, South Petherton on 7 March 1929.There is some stained glass but much of it was destroyed during the English Civil War.BellsThe tower houses a ring of 12 bells, augmented by a flat sixth which enables two octaves to be rung. The bells were recast in 1998; the treble weighs while the heaviest bell, the tenor, weighs.

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