Beaminster: St Mary of the Annunciation, Beaminster

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There has been a church in Beaminster since Saxon times, although no one knows exactly where it was. The present truly magnificent building, set slightly above the little town it serves, rests upon a site where once a Norman structure stood.

Outside the most distinguishing feature is the superb tower of about 1500, which has been described as 'one of the glories of the West Country'. It has 41 'crocketted' pinnacles, which make the pinnacles appear to be standing free of the tower, while each actually rests on a springer stone sculpted to form devils or mythical animals.

The most attractive chancel screen is by H. Read of Exeter and installed in 1913. The Jacobean oak pulpit of 1619 is all that remains of the original triple-decker. Now mounted on wheels, it can be moved around the building at will. There is a good example of stairs that would once have led to a rood loft extended across the chancel arch.

The present clergy vestry was once a mort house, dating from 13c, where bones that had been dug up in the graveyard were stored.

The font is Norman. It was thrown out by the Victorians in 1863, but found in a stone mason's yard and returned in 1927. (Not the only example see Kimmeridge and Chaldon Herring). The lectern is modern and made at Beaminster School. Among the monuments are two fine examples to the Strode family.

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Revd David Baldwin
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(01308) 862150 (Team Rector) or (01308) 863458 (Jack Barnett and Hugh Lindsay ,Churchwardens)

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Eucharist Every Sunday
Except 26 June, when it will be at 9.00
Every Sunday at 8:00 AM for ¾ hour
Book of Common Prayer
Eucharist, Every Sunday
Every second third and fourth Sunday at 9:30 AM for 1 hour


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Honorary curate: The Revd Elfrida Beatrice SAVIGEAR
Incumbent: The Revd David Frederick Beresford BALDWIN
Team Vicar: The Revd Joanna Beatrice NEARY
A Church Near You ID (venue number): 9436
Built: C.12th
Archdeaconry: SHERBORNE (341)
Deanery: LYME BAY (34103)
Benefice: Beaminster Area (34/016CF)
Parish Legal Name: Beaminster (340003 )
CofE Church Info: (634003 34/3)
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The current editor is: Mandy Alford

This page was last updated on Saturday 30th September 2017
Beaminster: St Mary of the Annunciation : Church Street, Beaminster, Dorset, DT8 3BA

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