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St Bartholomew, Rodhuish, Somerset

(51°8′49″N, 3°24′49″W)
ST 012 396
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
26 January 2005

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Rodhuish is in the Brendon Hills on the E edge of Exmoor. It is 5 miles SE of Minehead and 2½ miles from the coast at Blue Anchor Bay. The village has no well-defined centre, but extends along lanes low down in the valley of the Pill River, no more than a stream that rises in the Brendon Hills and flows into the sea in Blue Anchor Bay. The church is towards the W end of the village.

St Bartholomew’s consists of a nave and chancel without division, a S porch and a W tower. It is a 15thc building, refenestrated in the early 16thc, restored in 1826 and 1924, and refitted in the mid 20thc. It was formerly a chapel-of-ease to St John's, Carhampton, and contains a Norman font that was removed in the 19thc from that church, 2 miles to the N at ST 009 427.


In 1086 Hugh held Rodhuish from Alvred of Marlborough, and Alweg held it before 1066. It was assessed at only 1 virgate with 1 acre of meadow and 12 acres of pasture. This is largely irrelevant, as the font came from Carhampton (qv).





Neither VCH nor Pevsner included the chapel at Rodhuish. There is, however, an EH list description (under Withycombe rather than Rodhuish) containing useful information.


EH, English Heritage Listed Building 265287 (Carhampton).

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 265393 (Withycombe).

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 115.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 31097 (Rodhuish).

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 30984 (Carhampton).