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St Mary Magdalene, Winsford, Somerset

(51°6′13″N, 3°34′0″W)
SS 904 350
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
  • Robin Downes
06 July 2004, 05 January 2005

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Winsford is a village in the Exe valley, 8 miles SW of Minehead. The village straddles the river. The church consists of a 13thc chancel, an aisled nave with a S porch protecting a reset round-headed doorway, probably 12thc, and a W tower. The nave may have been Norman but the aisles and tower are 15thc work and the porch is 19thc. Nave and chancel are rendered, and the tower is in coursed lias rubble. The only Romanesque features are the S nave doorway and the font.


Winsford was held by the king in 1086, and by Earl Tosti before the Conquest. It was assessed then at 3½ hides, but another half-hide was added after 1066. In addition to the ploughland the manor contained 8 acres of meadow, 40 acres of woodland, and pasture 4 leagues by 2. There was a mill, and the manor also rendered £10 10s of blanch silver. This large and prosperous royal manor was well populated, with a total of 41 villans, 34 bordars and 9 slaves recorded, implying a total population of some 400 people.


Exterior Features





The doorway may not be 12thc; both English Heritage and Pevsner imply some doubt, based on the accuracy of the round arch and the lack of any diagnostic features.


EH, English Heritage Listed Building 265562.

Exmoor National Park HER, ENPHER Monument Number MSO8544.

N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset, Harmondsworth 1958, 348.

Somerset County Council, Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 31280.

Somerset County Council, Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 34210.