Otterhampton, All Saints Church
Otterhampton, All Saints Church
Otterhampton church was originally dedicated to St Peter, but was later renamed All Saints. The church stands beside a farmyard, looking out over the estuary of the River Parett.

All Saints is primarily a 14th century building with the addition of a 15th century tower in Perpendicular style. In the belfry hang 4 bells, the oldest of which was cast in the 16th century.

The history of the church makes fascinating reading; in 1377 the rector, High Willings, was accused by the vicar of Stockland of concealment of customs, and in 1554 the rector was accused of not preaching sermons and keeping his horse in the churchyard. In the early 17th century the church had an absentee rector, Robert Reason, who was chaplain to the Earl of Rutland. Reason appointed a curate who waas accused of neglecting his duties and allowing another man to take occasional services. In 1630 the chancel roof was reported as being in sch poor condition that it was a danger to people taking communion.

The church is built of rubble and and is laid out on a simple plan with a nave, chancel, north vestry, south porch, and west tower. The oldest part of the building is the nave, which may have been built in the 12th century, though very few traces of that earlier building remain. The south doorway is 14th century and retains fragments od medieval tracery, and the font dates to the 12th century, with a carved Jacobean cover.

The east window was rebuilt in the late Victorian period, but retains some 15th century glass. There are three 14th century niches on either side of the chancel arch, and there are 17th century communion rails a royal coat of arms to George VI, and a 16th century screen.

The church was made redundant in 1988 and passed into the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. It is usually open daylight hours.