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St Congar, Badgworth, Somerset

(51°16′9″N, 2°52′1″W)
ST 396 526
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now North Somerset
  • Robin Downes
19 July 2007

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Badgworth is in the centre of the county, 9 km inland from Burnham-on-Sea and 10 km S of Weston-super-Mare. The village consists of scattered houses on a loop of roads to the S of the A38, at the foot of Brinscombe Hill, a W extension of the Mendip Hills and the church also stands on this loop. To the SE of the village stands Badgworth Court. Badgworth looks across the valley of the river Axe to Crook Peak, about 3.5 km NNW. There is also a good view WSW to Brent Knoll. Agriculture has always been rich hereabouts, especially livestock-farming.

The rare dedication to St Congar (proudly claimed in the church guide as unique) is to be linked with the principal Somerset site associated with the saint at Congresbury, about 7 miles NNE. The squared rubble church consists of a 14thc chancel and N chapel, nave with a S porch and a 16thc W tower. The only feature described here is the font


Before the Conquest, Badgworth was held by 2 thegns as 2 manors, and paid geld for 2 hides. In 1086 it was held by Fulcwine from Walter of Douai, and consisted of 1 hide and 3 virgates with 9 acres of meadow.





Pevsner does not mention the font, and the NMR dates it “probably 13thc”.


Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 13098.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 268751.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 80.