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St Mary, Rimpton, Somerset

(50°59′42″N, 2°33′25″W)
ST 610 219
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Somerset
now Somerset
medieval Wells
now Bath & Wells
medieval St Mary
now St Mary
  • Robin Downes
  • Robin Downes
16 June 2008

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The tiny settlement of Rimpton occupies a last block of relatively low-lying Somerset countryside nestling in a right angle of rather forbidding hills occupied by the frontier with Dorset. The church with attendant former manor house, at an altitude of about 40m OD, lies at the eastern extremity of the village, 300m from the Dorset border. The church of St Mary, which is built of local stone, has a cruciform plan with a W tower, nave, S porch, N and S transepts and chancel. Although it mostly dates from the the 13thc or later, the church may perhaps preserve some earlier features.


In 1086 the estate was held by the Bishop of Winchester.


Exterior Features


Exterior Decoration




Piscinae/Pillar Piscinae


None of the fragments illustrated in this report are dated, or easily dateable. The presence of the exterior fragments may well be the result of post-medieval re-ordering and restoration work.


F. Arnold-Forster Studies in Church Dedications (London, 1899), III, 236.

Historic England listing 1295576.

  1. N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset (Harmondsworth, 1958), 282.

Somerset County Council, Historic Environment Record 50344. Online at http://webapp1.somerset.gov.uk/her/text.asp