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St John the Baptist, West Dowlish, Somerset

(50°54′46″N, 2°54′31″W)
West Dowlish
ST 362 130
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
  • Robin Downes
18 April 2005

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West Dowlish was a small settlement and parish in S Somerset, some 1.5 miles S of Ilminster. The church of St John the Baptist was demolished before 1575 and the rectory was annexed to Dowlish Wake in 1857.

The Romanesque font is the sole surviving feature from the church and is now situated nearby in St Andrew, Dowlish Wake. Please see the CRSBI entry for this site: www.crsbi.ac.uk/view-item?i=1166


West Dowlish and Dowlish Wake are conflated in DB, when the manors were held by the Bishop of Coutances. By 1284 the overlord was the Earl of Lincoln.


A. Baggs & R. Bush, 'Parishes: Dowlish Wake', in A History of the County of Somerset Vol 4, (London, 1978) pp. 151-156. See British History Online https://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/som/vol4/pp151-156 [accessed 5 March 2024]