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St Peter, North Wootton, Somerset

(51°10′25″N, 2°37′30″W)
North Wootton
ST 564 418
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
medieval St Peter
now St Peter
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
24 07 2007

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North Wootton is 2.5mi SE of Wells, Somerset. The Somerset levels lie stretched out to the W and S of North Wootton. The small village lies at the S end of a cleft between two of the S foothills of Mendip, Launcherley and Stoodly Hills. Access to Pilton manor (former secular administrative centre) 2.5 kms ESE would have been along the direct route over Stoodly Hill, while the diocesan centre at Wells would have been reached N through the cleft mentioned above. The church oF St Peter was a chapelry of Pilton until becoming a vicarage in 1845 (VCH). The building dates from the 14thc and has a W tower, S porch, nave and chancel. There is a Romanesque font.


King Cynewulf gave a five-hide estate at Wootton to Glastonbury abbey in 760 and another estate was given by King Ethelbald to Heregith c. 860. In 1086 five hides at Wootton were held of the abbey by Edred in succession to Almer, holder in 1066. They formed part of Glastonbury's Pilton estate until the Dissolution. (VCH)





Chevron on the mid-point of the stem is distnantly reminiscent of that at Lympsham. However, one form of decoration changing into another half-way round the circumference is very odd; perhaps there was a mix-up or a late change of plan.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster Studies in Church Dedications (London, 1899), III, 315.

Historic England listing 1175106

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset (Harmondsworth, 1958), 261.

M C Siraut, A T Thacker and Elizabeth Williamson, 'Parishes: North Wootton', in A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 9, Glastonbury and Street, ed. R W Dunning (London, 2006), 213-220. British History Online http://www.british-history.ac.uk/vch/som/vol9/pp213-220 [accessed 30 January 2023].

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 17393. Online at http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/text.asp

A.J.Webb (ed.), Ancient Church Fonts of Somerset (Taunton, 2013), 55.