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
Following extensive re-ordering of the building in 2018, much of St Mary’s is now readily accessible to wheelchair users. Furthermore, part of the south aisle is carpeted and is suitable as a children’s play area.
There is a fully accessible toilet and there is also a loop system to assist those using hearing aids.There are three access footpaths to the church: two, which include steep steps, are from Higher Street; the third, from Scotts Way, is wide, smooth and has a tarmac surface. The Scotts Way path is recommended for all those using wheelchairs or other wheeled devices such as children’s buggies, but please be aware that there remains a mix of cambers by the road so assistance may still be required for wheelchair users.
The church has no designated parking places so please park on either road. There are no specific parking restrictions.
If you would like specific information or advice concerning access please contact our churchwarden, Vee Cockerell, on 01935 882604 or at firstname.lastname@example.org who will be pleased to advise.