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St Michael, Angersleigh, Somerset

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Description

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.

History

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’.

Features

Furnishings

Fonts

Font

Located near N wall W porch, under tower.

Base square with simple corner bosses without apparent figuration.

Simple cylinder of central stem defined top & bottom by simply moulded but undecorated neckings, upper one smaller. Upper necking partly torus-shaped & partly straight-sided, i.e., worn; lower one a torus surmounted by a step.

Bowl simple in shape: straight-sided above very worn cable band around middle: its sole decoration. Large slice hacked off side facing wall.

Lead lining, unusually, extends over whole width of rim.

Dimensions
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

Comments/Opinions

English Heritage National Monuments Record describes as: ‘Norman circular font with remains of cable moulding.’ It is not mentioned in Pevsner.

Bibliography

  • 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).

Exterior from S

Location

Site Location
Angersleigh
National Grid Reference
ST 199 187 
Boundaries
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales): Somerset
now: Somerset
Diocese
now: Bath & Wells
medieval: Sherborne (to 909), Wells (to 1090), Bath (to 1245), Bath & Wells (from 1245)
Dedication
medieval: not confirmed
now: St Michael
Type of building/monument
Parish church  
Report authors
Robin Downes 
Visit Date
29 September 2004