Leigh on Mendip, St Giles Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: 14th century nave benches
We don't know for certain, but tax rolls for 1291 do not mention any church at Leigh, so it was probably still being built at that time. In the 14th and 15th century the building was enlarged with beautiful Perpendicular details, a testament to the wealth of the medieval wool trade in this area.
The striking west tower was built just after 1480. It stands 30 metres high, and was used as a beacon for pilgrims travelling to Glastonbury Abbey. The 18th century tower clock has no face; it simply tolls the hours.
There are a pair of medieval piscinas in the south aisle, and an aumbry opening. On the sill of the southeast window is a 12th century stone figure of St Catherine. There is a very finely decorated memorial to Hannah Moore, who died in 1722. The memorial tablet is surrounded by beautifully carved depictions of flowers, vines, heraldic symbols, and a skull and crossed bones to symbolise mortality.
About Leigh on Mendip
Address: Leigh Street, Leigh on Mendip, Somerset, England, BA3 5QH
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Leigh on Mendip. Parking along the road. Usually open daylight hours.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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