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St Giles, Bradford-on Tone, Somerset

(51°0′1″N, 3°10′52″W)
Bradford-on Tone
ST 172 230
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
06 August 2004

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Bradford-on-Tone is a good-sized village in the Vale of Taunton, W Somerset, 4 miles W of Taunton, sited at a crossing of the river Tone. The church is at the N end of the village, alongside the river. English Heritage National Monuments Record describes the church as follows: ‘Present build from C13. Mid C19 restoration. Random rubble chert & local grey sandstone with hamstone dressings. W tower, 3-bay aisled nave, N & S chapels, NE vestry, chancel. Some early C13 detail in chancel arch.’ The columns of the nave arcade and an old font are 12thc.


Before the Conquest, the church was an outlying dependency of Taunton Priory & therefore under the jurisdiction of Bishop of Winchester. Other land here was held by Alvred from the Count of Mortain in 1086.


Interior Features






The font is not mentioned by NMR or Pevsner. An early date for the font base at least might be supported by analogy with that at Stocklinch Ottersey, which is very similar in form but without the spur details.


Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 40893.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 270948.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 91.