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St Michael, Chaffcombe, Somerset

(50°53′15″N, 2°55′11″W)
ST 354 102
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
07 April 2005

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Chaffcombe is a village in the district of South Somerset, 1.7 miles E of Chard and 3 miles N of the Dorset border. The village straggles along a minor road that runs N of the main road from Chard to Crewkerne, and the church is just off the village street at the end of a lane at its E end. The tower is partly 15thc and the remainder a rebuilding by J.M Allen of 1857-1860. Construction is of local lias and Hamstone ashlar and near-ashlar, except for the chancel and north aisle, in rubblework with ashlar dressings. The church has a 4-cell plan of 2-bay chancel, 3-bay nave and N aisle, with north-east organ chamber, south porch and west tower. The only Romanesque sculpture is the plain font.


The Bishop of Coutances held Chaffcombe in 1086, and Ralph held it from him. Before 1066 it had consisted of four estates; two pairs each held by two thegns as two manors. It was assessed before the Conquest at 3½ hides with woodland 8 furlongs by 8, but a further hide and 3 virgates were added. The bishop's tenant in 1086 was Ralph le Sor, and he was succeeded by his son Otes, then by Jordan le Sor before 1166 and by John (I) le Sor, said to be a son of Otes. It appears to have remained in this family until the end of the 13thc.





English Heritage describes the font as a tub font with tulip bowl, possibly from the earliest church, of which the first recorded rector was in 1175. It is not mentioned by Pevsner.


English Heritage Listed Building 262129.

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

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 57202.

Victoria County History: Somerset, IV, London 1978, 127-28.