English Churches - South West

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster, Somerset


Part 2 - The Nave


The first impression is size. The C15th rood screen cuts the church in two and, at 60  long, is thought to be the longest in Europe. It divides the nave from the parochial choir and parish chancel under the tower. The enclosed monastic choir is flanked by the Lady Chapel (now the vestry) on the north and St Lawrence Chapel (now the Luttrell Chapel) on the south.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The nave ceiling has a barrel roof with carved bosses.

The Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster


The pews have carved ends; each on is different.

Parish and Priory Church of St Georgge, Dunster

The carved stone pulpit is C19th and replaced an earlier wooden pulpit which now sits disused in the north transept. 

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster     Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The font at the back of the church dates from around 1530 and and is carved with the wounds of Christ and Instruments of the Passion. The tall wooden cover is C19th and is raised by weight above.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The Royal Coat of Arms of Charles II are on the north wall.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The rood screen is beautifully carved with fan vaulting and would originally have been painted and had a rood on the top.

The Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

Beyond the rood screen is the parish choir and chancel, set under the tower.

The Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The massive oak beam tower roof has a trap door at the centre, used when the bells were removed and later replaced after being recast in the mid C20th.

The Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The organ is in the north transept and has been recently restored.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

The south aisle has a flat ceiling with square ribs and carved bosses.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

There is a small shop and refreshment area in the south aisle and the original Norman stone font is here.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

An archway contains part of the original Rood Screen, removed in the C15th when the church was divided.

Parish and Priory Church of St George, Dunster

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