English Churches - South West

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster, Somerset


Part 3 - The Monastic Choir, Luttrell memorials and the De Mohun Chantry


St Lawrence Chapel at the end of the south aisle is the Luttrell family mausoleum. It is dominated by a huge monument erected in 1613 to Thomas Luttrell who died in 1571 and his son George. Thomas and his wife are on the left. George lies next to the kneeling figure of his wife on the right.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

Near it, on the floor is a C15th grave slab to Dame Elizabeth Luttrell.
 
Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

There are three old strong chests in the Luttrell chapel. One has a sloping lid and may also have been used as a writing desk.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The Luttrell Chapel leads into the now disused monastic choir, which is enclosed by wooden screens. It still has a small altar beneath the east window.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

Hatchments of the Luttrell family hang on the walls.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

By the altar is the  Easter Sepulchre with the remains of an effigy of Sir Hugh Luttrell and his wife.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

On the opposite wall is an effigy thought to be Christian de Mohun.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

To the north of the Monastic Choir is the former Holy Trinity Chapel,which is now the de Mohun Chantry. It is the only remaining chantry chapel and is now reserved for private prayer.

The ancient stone altar still has the five consecration crosses representing the five wounds of Christ. The cross dates from the 1200s and has a very eroded Madonna and Child carved on it. It was originally the top of the churchyard cross.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster


The chapel still has the original medieval tiles on the floor. 

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

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