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Chris's Blog (Apr ‘19)

A New Church Guide for St John’s

With the reordering of the Church complete, I agreed with the PCC that I will bring up to date Derek Shorrocks' excellent guide to the Church which was produced in 1992. This is a very daunting task since the Chairman of the Somerset Building Preservation Trust, Russell Lillford, tells me it is one of the best researched Church guides he has seen. A lot has happened in St. John's since 1992 so it is important that this publication is updated and back in print.

I am putting on the website some details of the work as it progresses, in the form of a blog. This section gives a tentative time line for the church’s construction. Derek found that although there was some conflicting evidence, and this has been compounded by the additional information found during the 2017 reordering, there is a good case for the following chronology. The nave, chancel and tower were erected in the 13th century and the north aisle was added in the 14th century. The tower was altered in the 14th or 15th century and although there may well have been a side chapel, of unknown date, the current south aisle, which we now call the south transept, was constructed in 1619/20. This is all explained in detail below ............

Chris Young

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