USUAL SERVICE TIMES EACH MONTH
Every Sunday 9.30 am, followed by refreshments
1st Sunday: Holy communion
2nd Sunday: Morning Prayer
3rd Sunday: BCP Holy communion
4th Sunday: Crafts for young families followed by Family service at 10am.
Prayer for the Village: every Monday at 8.30am.
DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT
We aim to be inclusive in our welcome. There is level parking beside the church and a level disabled accessible path from the side entrance. A ramp is available for the front door step. We offer large print service books and hymnbooks and there is a hearing loop. At present there is no toilet. If you have any special needs please contact one of our wardens
The present church began life in Norman Days as the chapel in the burial ground of the adjacent Cluniac priory. The magnificent priory gatehouse, Dovecote and fishpond can still be seen to the south of the church, also to the south, in the churchyard, is the 15c pulpit base, often mistaken for a font, and the remains of the old preaching cross that originally stood outside where the signpost is now sited. Both were moved in the grand 1869 restoration.
The original chapel was demolished, possibly by fire and replaced by a new church dedicated to St Catherine which in turn became the chancel of the present church when the nave and the north porch, with its parvise, or room above, were added in the 13th century. An ornate arch let into the north wall of the nave was the original decoration over the doorway into the 12th century church, which was replaced by the necessarily much larger present chancel arch. The transepts were added in the 14th century and the tower in the 15th. The zealous Victorians demolished the church except for the porch and tower in 1869 and rebuilt it in the present style. Sadly they only preserved the nave windows, the others are 19thc. In more recent times the children’s pews were removed from the base of the tower to form a choir vestry and the old choir stalls situated in the crossing were removed to facilitate the re-siting of the pulpit and to create space for a nave altar. The north transept hosts the memorials to the Phelips family of Montacute House and the south transept the Phelips family pews. We are currently working to provide a server and childrens area here and a toilet in the base of the tower. There is a set of six bells that are regularly rung. For more information about the building and bells please go to the church website – see below.
Church address: St Catherines’s Church, Middle St, Montacute. TA15 6UU
CHURCH OPEN TIMES
Daily 9am – 4pm
The church is open daily for visitors and quiet prayer
Telephone: 01935 822329
Telephone: 01935 822292