St James' Tower, Upton, Somerset
- What's nearby
Just a tower remaining
The tower is all that remains of this fourteenth-century church in Exmoor National Park at the end of a long lane.
The body of the old church was pulled down after 1861 when a new church was built, leaving a striking local landmark.
There is no public access to the interior of the tower.
A church with an unusual outdoor staircase on Exmoor
A 12th century church made of “handsome stone” in a tiny parish.
Dramatic tower gargoyles
Access is from two farm gates (both 1.2m wide) on the opposite side of the filed (old churchyard) with across slightly sloped grazed grass to an uneven slate paved entrance to the open nave on the south side and the tower.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a small number of them have heating, running water or toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
16 miles west of Taunton and 5 miles north of Bampton, off B3190
Nearest railway station: Tiverton Parkway (10 miles)
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit?
You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church.Somerset County Guide
This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches we care for in Somerset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.St James' Upton Information Sheet
We are actively looking for volunteers at Upton tower to help with fundraising - if you can help get in touch.
Upton Tower Church Plan
Click the link above to download a copy of the Church Plan which sets out the shared vision for the future of the church. This is a working document that will be updated on a regular basis. If you have any feedback or if you want to contact us about the church plan please drop us a line. When you write, please do give the name of the church, thank you!
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