WEST CHINNOCK CHURCH
USUAL SERVICE TIMES EACH MONTH
Thursday 8.00am Morning Prayer
First Sunday 6.30 pm Praise Evening (odd months)
Second Sunday 8.00am BCP Communion
Third Sunday 11.00 am Family Service
Fourth Sunday 9.30am CW Communion
A place of worship has stood on the site from 1293 or earlier. The building was described as a Chapel in 1519 attached to the living of Chiselborough.
ln 1889 the church was demolished and a larger building erected in the High Victorian style developed by Bodley & Blomfield. The tower was rebuilt, with original stone and a belfry added under a saddleback tower. The interior was designed imitating 13th century architecture and retaining a 13th century lancet window in the chancel’s north wall. There are gabled aisles with arcades on circular piers, with naturalistic foliage of high quality in the corbels and especially the reredos. Good too the arcaded drum Pulpit and circular Font. Much of the stained-glass dates from 1890 and later, by Ward & Hughes. Many of the memorials refer to the Hayward and Ford families. Richard Hayward, twine and webbing manufacturer, and Mrs Sarah Woodcock (nee Ford) were the principal donors towards the rebuilding costs.
The architect was Charles Kirk of Lincolnshire, and the builder was Charles Trask of Norton-sub-Hamdon, using stone from his Ham Hill quarry.
The new church was opened by the Bishop of Bath and Wells on July 21st 1890.
DISABILITY ACCESS STATEMENT
We make every effort for the church to be as accessible as possible, but realise that we are not yet where we would like to be – and are currently developing plans to remedy any and all shortcomings. St Mary’s is accessible from either Higher Street, where there are two sets of fairly steep steps, or from Scotts Way, where there is an easier (but not level) tarmac path; the Scotts Way path is recommended for wheel chair users, prams, etc.
There is no reserved parking available, so please park on either road. If you would like specific advice on access, then please contact our Churchwarden, Vee Cockerell, either at firstname.lastname@example.org or 01935 882604 and she will be pleased to advise.
There are now new accessible toilet facilities in the church.
There is a loop system.