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Allerton church, Chapel Allerton, Somerset

(51°14′52″N, 2°50′53″W)
Allerton church, Chapel Allerton
ST 409 502
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval not confirmed
  • Robin Downes
19 July 2007

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Chapel Allerton is some 3 miles SW of Axbridge and is one of many small hamlets spread out across the line of low hills stretching NW from the important nearby centre of Wedmore. The prospect W is across the Somerset Levels, punctuated by Brent Knoll, towards the Bristol Channel; to the N are the Mendip Hills. The village itself consists of a few houses and farm buildings dispersed along a network of lanes, with the church at the centre. It consists of a 12th-13thc nave and a 15thc chancel, to which a N aisle and vestry were added in a major rebuilding of 1859 by C E Giles. Construction is of coursed and squared rubble. There is a lancet of c.1200 in the S nave wall, but the only Romanesque sculpture is found on the font.


In 1086 Ralph of Conteville held Chapel Allerton from Walter of Douai, and Wulfnoth held it before 1066. It paid tax for 5 hides before 1066, but 6 hides were added there, which two thanes held before 1066 as two manors. In
1086, 9 hides, less half a virgate, were in lordship. There were also 40 acres of meadow, 300 acres of pasture, 4 cattle and 13 pigs. The Chapel prefix was added to the name in 1708 to distinguish it from the adjoining parish of Stone Allerton.





Pevsner makes no mention of the font, but Somerset HER describes it as Norman, following the English Heritage list description.


Somerset County Council, Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 13109.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 268762.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 117.