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Somerset Historic Environment Record

23481

Site Name: Church of St Peter and churchyard, Evercreech
Civil Parish: Evercreech
Comprises:
PRN 28166Watching brief (2007), St Peter's Church, Evercreech
PRN 28207Watching brief (2009), St Peter's churchyard, Evercreech
Grid Ref: ST 6493 3867 (ST 63 NW)
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Public access:

As far as we are aware this site is open to the public at certain times. [Information last updated on 10 December 2002]

Details:

The church of St Peter, Evercreech is C14-C15 Perpendicular. In normal use. {1}

Graveyard in use since at least medieval times. {2}

On the north wall of the tower is a roll of honour to WWI. It is within a rectangular wooden case with a glazed door crowned by a triangular pediment and plaque below. It is said to have been affixed to the village cross during the conflict as a shrine. At the west end of the north wall there is another glazed and framed roll of honour for WWII. The frame has a triangular pediment. {3}

Has an extremely fine west tower of the Wells type. Church and tower very ornate. South aisle and the north and south galleries date from 1843. {4}

The north gallery was designed and built by Jesse Gane of Evercreech 1826. {5}

The organ was built by Vowles of Bristol in 1870. The painted ceiling of the church was restored in the 1960s. {6}

An archaeological watching brief (PRN 28166) was undertaken in the churchyard in June 2007. Bedrock of blue lias limestone was found to be overlain by a layer of homogenous dark soil ("grave earth"), which contained scattered fragmentary human bone. No features of deposits of archaeological significance were encountered. {7}

References:

1 Detailed records - Ordnance Survey Archaeology Division record card. Record ID: ST 63 NW 3 (1966) Location: HER files.
2 Verbal communication - Hardwick, J. Somerset County Council (26/08/1977). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
3 Data transfer - National Inventory of War Memorials. Record ID: 24591, 24592
4 Mention - Pevsner, N. The Buildings of England: South and West Somerset.  (1958), 167-8. Copy held in HER collections.
5 Verbal communication - Lillford, RC [Russell]. Somerset County Council, Heritage Service (date unrecorded). Location: Verbal, electronic or direct entry, no source retained
6 Guide book - Anon. Evercreech Parish Church: Organ Appeal.  (c.1985) Copy held in Somerset Studies at Somerset Heritage Centre.
7 Detailed records - Brigers, JL. Report on an archaeological watching brief in the churchyard to the north and west of the parish church of St Peter, Evercreech.  Unpublished James Brigers report No: SPE 07 (2008) Location: HER file 28166.

Record created in May 1985

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