Church of St Martin of Tours, Elworthy, Somerset

Address: Silverdown Hill, Elworthy, Taunton, Somerset, TA4 3PY
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A church with an unusual outdoor staircase

Tucked into the hillside above the road, this 13th-century church has a distinctive battlemented tower with an unusual outside stairway.

Inside, there is Medieval and Jacobean woodwork, which was delicately restored in the 19th-century, including a screen across the chancel arch with the inscription, 'O Lord Prepare Our Arts to Praye’.

A little window near the Watchet alabaster font contains two charming 15th-century stained glass figures of saints.

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Road directions

13 miles north east of Weston-Super-Mare and 2 miles south of Portland

Public transport information

Nearest railway station: Taunton (10.8 miles). Bus route number 500.

OS Reference No.

ST 082 352

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PDF iconSomerset County Guide (PDF, 4.7mb)

This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Somerset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.

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Comments

  1. Anonymous (28 Feb 2012, 16:06)

    This is a gem of a church with a most wonderful feeling inside of peace and quiet. A HUGE ancient yew tree is in the graveyard opposite the main entrance.

  2. Alan Grove (29 Jun 2012, 09:35)

    They don't get much more rural as this. Achurch with a calm, warm atmosphere and plenty of interest as well as a superb area for a day out. St James Tower at Upton is well worth a visit or can be viewed from the nearby car park at Haddon Hill.

    The church could do with a good sweep and a path cutting through the undergrowth.

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Last year, we welcomed over two million visitors to our churches. If each person donated just £2, this would enable us to keep our churches open, safe and watertight for you and future generations to enjoy.

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Church of St Martin of Tours, Elworthy, Somerset

Keyholder

If the access information for this church is listed as 'Keyholder nearby', this means that the key is kept by one of our invaluable volunteer 'keyholders', who usually live just a short walk from the church and can give visitors the key; sometimes this is a nearby hotel, pub, library, art gallery or other venue. You will find instructions explaining how to get the key when you arrive at the church.

Disabled access

Unfortunately there is no suitable disabled access.

Facilities

Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating or running water meaning that they can be cold, and very rarely have toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor. We do apologise for any inconvenience the lack of facilities may cause.