Evercreech, St Peter's Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Superb painted medieval roof of the nave
The nave was rebuilt in Perpendicular style in several stages during the 15th century. The king post nave roof is simply stunning, with four bays supported on 5 massive trusses with pierced tracery decoration. Each bay has 4 carved and painted angels.
A Mason's Revenge
When the south aisle was being built the mason is said to have quarrelled with the parson and the publican of the village inn where he was lodged. The mason took his revenge by carving two grotesques, or hunky-punks as they are known in Somerset, to decorate the parapets. The carvings are a monter, representing the parson, and a monkey to caricature the publican. A pair of village gossips are represented by two cats!
Just outside the churchyard is the handsome medieval village cross, erected in the late 15th century. The cross originally stood in the churchyard, but was moved to its present site in 1781.
St Peters is a wonderful church, a marvellous late medieval building. In a county known for its medieval churches, Evercreech is one of the best.
Address: High Street, Evercreech, Somerset, England, BA4 6HX
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Milton Clevedon, St James Church - 1.1 miles (Historic Church)
Batcombe, Blessed Virgin Mary Church - 2.5 miles (Historic Church)
Gants Mill and Garden - 3.1 miles (Historic Building)
Bruton Dovecote - 3.4 miles (Historic Building)
Leigh on Mendip, St Giles Church - 6 miles (Historic Church)
West Pennard Court Barn - 6.4 miles (Historic Building)
Nunney Castle - 7 miles (Castle)
Haynes Motor Museum - 7.2 miles (Museum)
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