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St Nicholas, Brushford, Somerset

(51°1′16″N, 3°32′33″W)
SS 919 258
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
06 July 2004

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Brushford is in the W of the county, on the southern edge of Exmoor and less than a mile from the Devon border. The village is 2kms S of the local small town of Dulverton (one of the ‘gateways’ to Exmoor) and 2kms W of the main A396 between Exeter and Dunster. The village extends for half a mile along a valley leading into the river Barle, a tributary of the Exe. The church stands at the W end of the village. It consists of a roughcast nave with a S porch, a chancel of squared and irregularly coursed ironstone, and a W tower of coursed red sandstone. It is substantially 15thc; the nave windows were renewed in the 16thc, the porch was rebuilt in 1725, and the church was restored from 1887. Since the NMR listing (1959), when entrance was by the W door, the S porch has been brought back into use. The font is the only Romanesque feature.


In 1086 Mauger held the manor of Brushford from the Count of Mortain. It was assessed at 2 hides, and had 6 acres of meadow, 17 acres of woodland, and pasture half a league long and three furlongs broad. There was a mill. Before the Conquest it was held by Ordwulf.





Another imported font of similar form & material is at Cutcombe.


Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 31365.

EH, English Heritage Listed Building 429118.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 103.