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St Michael, Buckland Dinham, Somerset

(51°15′37″N, 2°21′8″W)
Buckland Dinham
ST 755 513
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
16 August 2007

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The manorial village of Buckland Dinham lies in the E Mendips, directly on the main A362 road between Frome and Radstock. Although lying outside the quarrying area, there used to be a colliery just about 1km SW of the village. It is much declined since its medieval prosperity as a cloth town.

The church consists of a nave, chancel, S porch and S chapel all of c1200, a N chapel of 1325, a further chapel to the N of the chancel and a W tower of 1480. It was restored in the late 19thc. There are round-headed N lancets on the N and S walls of the nave, visible on the interior and photographed but not recorded here. The most striking Romanesque feature is the font.


Dunn held Buckland Dinham before and after the Conquest. it paid tax for 12 hides and also included 40 acres of meadow, 30 acres of underwood, and pasture ½ a league in length and 1½ furlongs in width. There was a mill.


Exterior Features


Interior Features


Chancel arch/Apse arches




Pevsner dates the nave windows and doorways and the chancel arch c.1200. The font he describes merely as Norman. The EH list description agrees, calling the first group of features Transitional and the font Norman.


English Heritage listed building 267070

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol. Harmondsworth 1958, 147.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 20684