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Church of St Barnabas
Stone building with square tower.
Location Queen Camel, Somerset, England
Built 14th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 24 March 1961
Reference no. 431093
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The Church of St Barnabas in Queen Camel, Somerset, England was built in the 14th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

A former church in Queen Camel was the mother church to Somerton, Chilton Cantelo and the surrounding area before 1140. In the 12th century the church was given to Cleeve Abbey. The first recorded rector was in 1317. The church underwent Victorian restoration in 1888.

The church has a 96 feet (29 m) high tower, built in five stages, which dates from around 1491, The tower contains the heaviest peal of six bells in the world by total weight.

The interior contains memorials to many of the Mildmay family, who were Lords of the manor. There is a wooden rood screen and octagonal stone font supported by four large carved supports.

The churchyard contains a Commonwealth war grave of a Royal Navy seaman of World War I.

The parish is part of the Cam Vale benefice, which includes Corton Denham, Sparkford, Sutton Montis, West Camel and Weston Bampfylde, within the Bruton and Cary deanery.

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