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St George, Bicknoller, Somerset

(51°8′48″N, 3°16′20″W)
ST 111 394
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
19 May 2004

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Bicknoller is a good-sized nucleated village in the W of the county, in the Quantock hills just 3 miles inland from Watchet which stands on Bridgwater Bay in the Bristol Channel. St George’s church stands in the centre of the village.

It consists of a four bay nave with a N aisle and a S porch, a chancel and a W tower, all in red sandstone random rubble except for the squared and coursed N aisle. The small nave with an unbuttressed S wall suggests a 12thc origin, but the church dates substantially from the 15thc and 16thc. It was restored from 1871. The only 12thc work recorded here is the pillar piscina.


Bicknoller was not recorded under that name in the Domesday Survey, although Woolston and Newton, both in Bicknoller were. Both were held by William de Moyon. Woolston was valued at half a hide, and also contained 7 acres of meadow, 7 acres of woodland and 10 acres of pasture. Newton was assessed at 4½ hides with 18 acres of meadow, 50 acres of woodland and pasture measuring 1 league in length and breadth. There was also a mill.



Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


According to the VCH it was probably a manorial chapel originally.


Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 30441.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 265050.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 87.

VCH, Victoria County History: Somerset, V, London 1985, 13-19.