Angersleigh is a dispersed settlement in the SW of the county at the foot of the Blackdown Hills, some 4 miles SW of Taunton. The village consists of a scatter of houses and farm buildings along a minor road that runs N from the hills into Taunton, and the church is alongside this road, close to Leigh Court. St Michael’s consists of a nave with a S porch, chancel, N chapel and W tower. The tower is 14thc and the rest substantially 15thc but extensively restored by the rector, Mr Tucker, from 1855. At this time the N chapel was added, the chancel arch restored and the church largely refenestrated. The south porch was added in 1872, and is now in use as a vestry with entrance to the church from the W. The chapel now houses the organ. Construction is of rubble with roughcast render. The font has the only Romanesque sculpture.
Angersleigh is not recorded in the Domesday Survey under that name. A writ of William II (1091x96) records that William I granted the church of Angersleigh to the Bishop of Winchester. It later passed to Taunton priory, founded by William Giffard, bishop of Winchester, c.1115. There is a close relationship between the church & the adjacent manor of Leigh Court, the lord of the manor having held the advowson. In 1290 this was John Aungier: thence the current name of the place previously known as ‘Leah’.
|Circumference of bowl (max.)||1.93m (approx.)|
|Circumference of stem||1.44m|
|Depth of (slightly tapered) bowl||0.2m|
|Diameter of bowl||0.57m|
|Height of base||0.12m|
|Height of bowl||0.35m|
|Height of cylindrical stem||0.23m|
|Total height (excluding concrete plinth)||0.78m|
Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 40990.
EH, English Heritage Listed Building 271040.
N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 77.
VCH, Victoria County History: Somerset, II, London 1911, 141-44 (on Taunton Priory).