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St Andrew, Compton Bishop, Somerset

(51°17′40″N, 2°52′3″W)
Compton Bishop
ST396 554
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
28 June 2008

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On the southern side of one of most westerly outcrops of the Mendip Hills, the tiny hamlet of Compton Bishop holds a privileged situation cuddled in a combe under Crook Peak, about 2 miles W of Axbridge. From its slightly elevated altitude (c. 30m OD) it enjoys a SE prospect running up the Axe valley and along the southern Mendip scarp. Inevitably, because of the terrain, the lane leading to the hamlet is a cul-de-sac. As so often, church and manor house are near neighbours (although not adjacent). The church is built of coursed and squared rubble, slate and double tile roofs, and consists of a nave, chancel, N aisle, S porch and W tower. There is a Romanesque font.


Compton Bishop is listed in DB as Comtone, when the manor was owned by the Bishop of Bath and Wells.





Even with the font's somewhat maladroit repairs, its simple nobility still impresses.

The fieldworker notes that the label stops on the W window and N nave wall, while clearly later medieval, nevertheless show some stylistic affinity with Romanesque exemplars (see general site images for examples).

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications (London, 1899), III, 94.

Historic England listing 1059079

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol (Harmondsworth, 1958), 173.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 13150. Online at http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/text.asp