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St Andrew, Loxton, Somerset

(51°17′52″N, 2°53′46″W)
ST 376 558
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
medieval St Andrew
now St Andrew
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
28 June 2008

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The place-name of Loxton, Somerset signifies ‘tun on the Lox [Yeo river]’ . The small settlement occupies quite a dramatic situation on the W side of the gap formed in the Mendip Hills by the Lox Yeo, just 800m N of that river’s confluence with the major Axe: to the N lie the forbidding hills; to the S lie the Somerset Levels (between 1974 and 1996 Loxton was part of the County of Avon). The geology is Mercia Mudstone/Dolomitic Conglomerate, above the Alluvium of the Levels, beneath the Burrington Oolite and Dolomite/Black Rock Limestone of the hills. The church lies alone except for its neighbour farm to the E side of the hamlet. The church has 11thc origins, but mainly dates from the 13thc to 15thc; there was a restoration and extension in the early 20thc. The S doorway is Romanesque and there is a consecration cross of perhaps similar date.


In 1086 Loxton was held by Count Eustace; in 1066 it was held by Wulfeva.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration


The choice of a segmental rather than round arch is somewhat unusual for the principal entrance. The sculptural decoration (with the exception of the pellets) is minimal; one wonders if this was a commission where the purse-strings were being watched carefully.

  1. F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications (London, 1899), III, 190.

Historic England listing 1313078

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: North Somerset and Bristol (Harmondsworth, 1958), 222.