Huish Episcopi cum Langport
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St Mary's Church, Huish Episcopi
A brief history
The name 'Huish Episcopi' derives from the lands or household ("huish" from the Old English hiwisc) and episcopi meaning belonging to the Bishop of Wells. The bishops held the manor from Saxon times until 1859 when it was sold off to tenants.
Romano-British remains, including burials, coins and tesserae dating from the 3rd and 4th centuries have been found south of Wearne.
St Mary's, built in blue lias with golden hamstone decoration, the church is most noted for its classic 100 feet (30 m) Somerset tower, deemed to be an architectural companion piece to St Martin's Church in Kingsbury Episcopi. St Mary's tower dates from around 1500 and was built in four stages. It is extensively embellished with pinnacles and quatrefoil panel bands. In the north-east corner is an octagonal stair turret which reaches the full height of the tower. A stained glass window by Edward Burne-Jones is also noteworthy. It is a Grade I listed building.
The church is famous for its Burne Jones window which depicts the nativity scene in vivid colours.
If you would like to speak to someone about the church please contact Mr Clive Sills 01458 251 399