St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007
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The oldest part of the church is the south chancel wall with a small priests doorway (covered by plaster internally).  This was probably built before 1320.  The tower was built about 1440, and later the south side of the nave, chancel arch and porch were re-built, whilst the aisle was added in the 16th century.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The 15th century porch has the remains of a holy-water stoup, with an arch above, but the basin is broken away.  The base of the shaft remains in the stone seat.  The doorway in the porch is of Ham Hill stone with Tudor roses above.

The massive iron bound chest is probably 16th century and has three locks, thereby requiring three key holders to be present before it could be opened.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The 15th century font is octagonal and is unusually located in a break in the seating between carved panels.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The nave looking east and then west.  The wreathed capitals on the Ham stone columns are of the Devonshire type.  On one pillar are four shields showing the instruments of the passion. On the north the cross and crown, on the south the sponge and spear, on the east nails, and to the west the hands and feet and heart of Christ.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTCSt Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The church contains a magnificent and nationally important set of bench ends.  The carved front on a pew near the organ was originally on the front of the nave seating.  Here is an example of the magnificent work.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

A bench end in the nave carries the inscription "Simon Werman".  In Trull church is carved "Simon Warman maker of thys worke. 1560".  Kingston seating (1522) and Crowcombe (1534) are similar.

There are delightfully carved angels decorating the beautiful waggon roofs of the nave and aisle.  There are forty seven altogether, all holding shields, locates at the base of each rib.  The bosses are carved leaves.  According to the guide, "the chancel roof is modern and uninteresting."

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

Above the south door are the Royal Arms of Queen Anne, dated 1714.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The small organ is situated at the east end of the north aisle and was made by Robert Allen of Bristol.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The north aisle is of a local type and has retained the original embattlements and the bold gargoyles.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The church from the east.

The chancel was partly rebuilt in the eighteenth century, and the east wall and window in the nineteenth.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

The final view is of the church from the west.

St Mary & All Saints, Broomfield, Somerset - 7th July 2007 - MTC

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