Muchelney, St Peter & St Paul Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Painted early 17th century ceiling
Mounted on a panelled arch in the south aisle are a pair of medieval wood carvings. There are fragments of late 15th century glass in the east window and colourful 17th century glass in the side chancel windows. The pulpit and lectern were made for the Lord Mayor's chapel in Bristol and date to 1830. They were given to the church by Sir Charles Wathen.
Over the south vestry is a barrel organ with colourfully painted pipes, installed around 1840. The organ has a built-in repertoire of 3 chants and 25 hymns.
Outside the east end of the church is the worn effigy of a medieval abbot, discovered during repairs to the abbey in 1873. Across the road is Priest's House, a 14th century thatched house made by the monks of Muchelney Abbey for the parish priest. This is now owned by the National Trust and has regular open days.
I loved Muchelney; the combination of the 14th century Priest's House, the scenic abbey ruins, and the fabulous church interior make it one of the most memorable villages I've ever visited in Somerset. The painted nave ceiling is one of the most astonishing sights you could ever hope to see in a simple country church.
Address: Muchelney, Somerset, England, TA10 0DQ
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: In the centre of Muchelney, beside the abbey and across the road from the Priest's House. Parking along the road. The church was open when we visited.
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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