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St. Bridget's Church in Chelvey, Brockley, Somerset, England dates from the 12th century, and has been designated by English Heritage as a Grade I listed building.[1]

Church of St Bridget
Church of St Bridget, Chelvey, from south-west.jpg
St Bridget's Church, Chelvey is located in Somerset
St Bridget's Church, Chelvey
Location within Somerset
General information
Town or cityChelvey, Brockley, Somerset
Coordinates51°24′43″N 2°46′04″W / 51.4119°N 2.7678°W / 51.4119; -2.7678
Completed12th century

The church is dedicated to the Irish saint Brigid of Kildare.

The building includes a Norman south doorway and the octagonal font. There is also an inscribed Purbeck marble slab in the Tynte chapel under the Jacobean altar table. It dates from between 1250 and 1275, and shows the tall figure of an unknown 13th-century knight, clad in a long surcoat, grasping a spear in one hand and the scabbard of a sword in the other.[2]

Near the pulpit is a replica sand-filled hour glass in an iron frame, previously used for preachers to time their sermons.[2]

The churchyard cross is 1.5 metres (4 ft 11 in) high and sits on an octagonal base. At the top is a box and ball decoration which was added in 1877.[3]

In the late 20th century the building had fallen into a state of disrepair with water seeping into the building, damaging the stonework. In 2008 an appeal was launched which raised money for the restoration, new lighting and a new organ.[2]

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  1. ^ Historic England. "St. Bridget's Church (33443)". Images of England. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ a b c Brooke, Gerry (2009-02-16). "Chelvey church restored". Bristol Evening Post. This is Bristol. Retrieved 2009-04-05.
  3. ^ Historic England. "Churchyard cross in St Bridget's churchyard, Chelvey (1015507)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 21 August 2014.