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Evercreech,  Somerset  -  St Peter Church

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Notes in italics from South and West Somerset by Nikolaus Pevsner (1958) Yale University Press, New Haven and London



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The fame of the church is its W tower deemed by some one of the most perfect in Somerset. It belongs to the Wells type in which an impression of extreme height is obtained by continuing the tall transomed twin two-light bell-openings below in yet larger twin two-light blank panels. That is what happens in the upper stages. Otherwise the composition of the tower is as follows. Set-back buttresses, carrying very tall shafts with pinnacles. These reach up to just above the cill of the bell-openings. But from between them rises, set diagonally, another tall shaft, and this goes up far enough to join in the intricate play of pinnacles at the top of the tower. Battlements with pierced quatrefoils and at the corners big crocketed pinnacles accompanied by junior pinnacles, and the one standing on the shaft from below becomes one of them. There are also small intermediate pinnacles on the middle of the sides, and these come out of shafts rising between the blank panels and then between the bell-openings.
The church seems low behind this tower. It is, however, treated ornately too: aisles and clerestory with pierced quatrefoil parapets and pinnacles (the S aisle dates from 1843)
... The chancel is the earliest part of the church. It has an E window with reticulated tracery (typical of early C14), and side windows only slightly later.


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Internally the effect of the church is curiously cosy, thanks to the N and S galleries of 1843 squeezed balcony-like into the arcade arches. That is really the impression which remains of the interior. ... Standard piers with the familiar four hollows, rather short and insignificant. On two of the N piers angel brackets for images. Three-light clerestory. The roof is Somerset at its best, and the colouring, though of course renewed, helps to give something of what must have been the original effect. Chandeliers: Two, of brass, one dated 1761.
 

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