Church crawl: St Michael the Archangel,Compton Martin                Wednesday, 14th August, 2013
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25 members of All Saints’ congregation arriving in the 12th Century church, to begin their exploration of the detail of what is reckoned to be one of the finest examples of Norman (Romanesque) architecture in Somerset. As usual, their eyes were directed by Christopher Marsden-Smedley to evidence within the building of notable historical features of both the village community and its ecclesiastical tradition. In this setting of close-on 900 years’ worship in this place, the service of Compline, led by the Rector, the Revd Nicholas Maddock, took on a feeling of even more than usual appropriateness.
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St Michael Christopher Marsden-Smedley Effigy of Thomas de Moretone The original 12thC vaulting of the chancel ... as a result of the south aisle roof having been raised Supper at the Ring o' Bells Window commemorating St Wulfric, born in the village East window Nave ceiling The clerestory windows of the south aisle are now internal ... Twisted pillar similar to those in Durham cathedral Mediaeval carved corbels