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St Giles, Leigh-on-Mendip, Somerset

(51°13′26″N, 2°26′27″W)
ST 693 473
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
medieval St Giles
now St Giles
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
16 Aug 2007

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Leigh-on-Mendip is about 5 miles from Frome and Shepton Mallet. At about 200m OD up on the E Mendips, the large linear village occupies reasonably level land on a broad W-E ridge to the SW of the large limestone quarry of Halecombe. Disused quarries lie to the N and S, the latter adjacent to Downhead; indeed, the surrounding area is punctuated by them. 500m S of the village runs the old main road between Wells and Frome. The church was rebuilt c1500 but contains a Romanesque font.


The manor is not mentioned in DB; it formed part of Glastonbury Abbey's estate of Mells until the dissolution (Viggiani).




Loose Sculpture


This is one of many Somerset churches rebuilt in the later medieval period which preserves an early font.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications (London, 1899), III, 179.

Historic England listing 1058345.

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol (Harmondsworth, 1958), 217.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 27315. Online at www.somersetheritage.org.uk/record/23733#

M. de Viggiani, A History of Leigh on Mendip (Leigh-on-Mendip, 2010).