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Church of St Mary
Stone building with square tower. In the foreground is a road.
Location Mudford, Somerset, England
Built 14th century
Listed Building – Grade I
Designated 19 April 1961
Reference no. 262693
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The Church of St Mary in Mudford, Somerset, England dates from the 14th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building.

The church was granted by Montacute Priory to the Bishop of Bath and Wells in 1339. The interior includes a Jacobean pulpit and a stone font from the 15th century.

It has a 66 feet (20 m) high three-stage tower, which dates from around 1498, divided by string courses with clasping corner buttresses, a battlemented parapet with small corner and intermediate pinnacles, and corner gargoyles. There is a stair turret on the north-east corner with a weathervane finial, and a clock face on the east side. It contains five bells dated 1582, 1621, 1623, 1664 and 1666, all by the Purdue family of nearby Closworth. The tower was rebuilt in 1309 and again in the early 20th century following a lightning strike.

The parish is part of the benefice of Chilton Cantelo, Ashington, Marston Magna, Mudford and Rimpton within the Yeovil deanery.

Due to the condition of the high level stonework the church has been added to the Heritage at Risk Register; however repairs were undertaken in 2013 to correct this.

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