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St Peter, Podimore, Somerset

(51°1′18″N, 2°38′55″W)
ST 546 249
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Robin Downes
17 November 2005

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Podimore is a village some 6 miles north of Yeovil, near to the line of the Fosse Way as it runs from Ilchester towards Shepton Mallet (now the A303/A37). The village is now squeezed between the A303 main road from Exeter to London and the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm base at Yeovilton. The church is in the centre of the village. It has a two-cell plan with a two-bay chancel and a three-bay nave with a S porch and a small octagonal W tower. The building is largely of the early 14thc, in local lias, cut, squared and coursed, with hamstone dressings.


Podimore was held by the Abbey of Glastonbury before the Conquest and in 1086. It was assessed at 6 hides, of which 4 hides and 7 acres were in demesne in 1086. There were also 50 acres of meadow and 100 acres of pasture. At some time in the 12thc, Abbot Henry of Blois (1126-71) granted 5 hides in fee to the Middleton family. The church was first recorded in 1189, and the dedication to St Peter was in place by 1307 (VCH). The advowson remained with Glastonbury abbey until the Dissolution.





The stem and base of the font may be reused Roman material, from nearby Lendiniae, now Ilchester.


EH, English Heritage Listed Building 262773.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 274.

Somerset County Council, Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 50310.

VCH, Victoria County History: Somerset, IX, London 2006, 155-64.