St Mary


There has been a church on the site since before the 1086 Domesday Book. This church within the village conservation area, has a 12th century Norman nave while the chancel, tower and transepts are 13th century. The Yate and Throckmorton Catholic families from the adjacent Buckland Manor regarded the north transept as their family chapel, and the church had a Catholic patron until 1910! Significant memorials decorate the north transept. The south transept is better known as the Barcote Chapel; It was planned as a memorial to the wife of William West with magnificent mosaics designed by Henry Holiday along with wonderful stained glass windows, all to the theme of the Te Deum. The church is a cruciform building with two identical Norman doors at the west end. The pulpit, and balustrade are Jacobean while the font is Perpendicular in style. William West also endowed the church with a splendid organ, and a brass lectern. The west end has a notable reredos which bears the names of war dead. It was moved from the chancel which has a family memorial to its war dead in the form of a new reredos with 10 splendid figures. Stained glass windows adorn the chancel. The grant was awarded towards roof repair work.

Top tips from feedback:

- It is vital to have a committed fabric committee with different skills. We have a town planner, a non-executive director, a chartered accountant, and a retired district councillor/occupational therapist/historian. In addition a retired electrical engineer helps with day to day problems. The rector and the church wardens help enormously.

- You need to reach out beyond your village to fundraise with a variety of different activities.

- We ran 3 information consultations to involve the congregation and the village, to collect opinions as evidence for applications!

- An experienced architect helped as did the DAC.

- Produce a fundraising brochure

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