St Mary's Church, Stocklinch Ottersey, Somerset
- What's nearby
A legend of love for a hilltop jewel
This beautiful hillside landmark made of golden Ham stone is an atmospheric gem. It stands close to an old water source, one of Somerset's many holy - or healing - wells.
St Mary's is tied to its sister church in the village, St Mary Magdalene, with an old legend of two sisters who both fell in love with a vicar, each building a church for him.
Highlights of the interior include a Norman font and wonderful tombs and monuments.
A pair of eccentric churches
A strangely beautiful church
Stunningly detailed medieval wall paintings
From lane at the bottom of the field with little parking, climb up the field via an animal-proof gate. There are often cattle in the field. After 400 metres enter the churchyard through another gate and climb the steep path up a grassy slope in the churchyard to the south porch.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings only a small number have heating, running water and toilet facilities. The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
2 miles north east of Ilminster, off B3168
Nearest railway station: Crewkerne (6.5 miles). Bus route number 633.
History & Further Information
Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church 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 Mary's Stocklinch Ottersey Guidebook
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