Our village church of St Bartholomew's is yet another reminder of our debt to King Alfred. It was the monks of the Abbey at Athelney who built the church. It was Alfred, of course, who founded Athelney Abbey on the spot where Alfred’s memorial now stands. Since Alfred is credited with saving England and English Christianity, it is a fitting memorial to him.
The Tower is 60 feet tall. On special occasions in the village the tower is open and those who make the ascent up the narrow steps are rewarded with a grand view of the surrounding countryside.
The ancient wooden chestis also known as a ‘dug out’ since it is part of a tree trunk which has been dug out. It has three locks upon it. One was intended for the Vicar, the second and third for the two church wardens.
The bench ends. These were originally carved in the 16th century, possibly by some of the monks at nearby Athelney Abbey. They depict a number of scenes including a miller with his sack of corn, a boy riding with his back to the animals who are ahead of him, a fox with a goose, and a boy standing on the back of another reaching acorns and an otter hunter. All give an insight in past life in the village and its surroundings. The two front bench ends are said to be the narrowest in the country.
For a more detailed history of St Bartholomews
Vicar Revd. Tricia Staple 01823 490247
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