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St Peter, Hornblotton, Somerset

(51°6′20″N, 2°35′2″W)
ST 592 342
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Robin Downes
10 July 2007

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Feature Sets

Hornblotton lies in a relatively flat, rich agricultural landscape only about 2km NW of the river Brue, with the attenuated Blue Lias ridge just beyond to the S. Pennard Hill, a southerly outlier of the Mendip Hills, is only 4km to the N.

It is a tiny hamlet of scattered dwellings, at present a detached part of West Bradley civil parish. If there is a focus, it is Hornblotton House; indeed, the church, since it is virtually in the grounds on the E side of the House and about 700m from any other dwelling, has all the character of an estate church. The church is only 400m from the Fosse Way, but there is no vehicular access therefrom. Consequently, it is a surprisingly sequestered building, considering the proximity of a busy trunk road and its landscape setting.

It was built in 1872-4 by T. G. Jackson for Rector Geoffrey Thring in an eclectic mixture of materials, and is regarded as a rare unaltered example of Jackson’s church design. It consists of a chancel, nave with a S porch and a bell-turret with a short broach spire over the W gable. The only 12thc feature is the font.


In 1086 Hornblotton belonged to the manor of Ditcheat, held, like Lamyatt, by the church of St Mary in Glastonbury. Serlo of Bucy held 5½ hides here from the abbey.





The font is not mentioned by Pevsner but described as 12thc by Orbach in his revision.


Historic England Listed Building 267655

J. Orbach and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. New Haven and London 2014, 366-67.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset. Harmondsworth 1958, 199.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 21281