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St Mary Magdalene, Great Elm, Somerset

(51°14′32″N, 2°21′54″W)
Great Elm
ST 746 493
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
16 August 2007

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The manorial hamlet of Great Elm lies at about 100m OD on the L bank of Mells Stream just several kilometres downstream from Mells, among the hills of the E Mendips as they decline to the E. Less dominated than is Mells by limestone aggregate quarries because at their E limit, Great Elm occupies the N side of the Mells Stream valley just W of the large town of Frome. The church, which is built of random rubble, consists of a W tower, a nave with a S porch, a N transept and a chancel. Romanesque features recorded here are the blocked Norman doorway, partly obscured by the N transept, and the font.


Domesday Book mentions that before 1066 'Telma' was held by Dunn of Brimpsfield; in 1086 it passed to Osbern Giffard.


Exterior Features




  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications, London 1899, III, 116.

F. B. Bond, ‘Elm Church’, Proceedings of the Somersetshire Archaeological and Natural History Society, 57 (1911), 32-5.

Historic England listing 1295880.

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol, Harmondsworth 1958, 201.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 20710. Online at http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/text.asp