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Church of St Mary Magdalene
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Town or city Great Elm
Country England
Coordinates 51°14′32″N 2°21′48″W / 51.2422°N 2.3632°W / 51.2422; -2.3632
Completed 12th century

The Church of St Mary Magdalene in Great Elm, Somerset, England, dates from the 12th century and is a Grade I listed building.

In the 13th century the two-bay nave was lengthened, possibly when the tower was added around 1240. The chancel was widened around the same period. Some of the Romanesque fabric of the original Norman building can be seen despite the remodelling in the early 17th century. The walls show herringbone pattern masonry. The three-stage tower has corner buttresses and a saddleback roof.

There is a Jacobean west gallery which was used by the choir and organ. Some of the oak pews are also Jacobean and there is a 17th-century pulpit.

The parish is part of the benefice of Mells with Buckland Dinham, Elm, Whatley and Chantry within the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

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