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St Dubricius Church Porlock

The Church of St Dubricius in Porlock, Somerset, England dates from the 13th century. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.

The dedication is to Dubricius (also known in Welsh as Dyfrig and in corrupt Norman-French as Devereux) (c. 465 – 550 or 612), a 6th-century Briton ecclesiastic venerated as a saint and may indicate he travelled to the area.

The church stands on the site of an earlier church which may date from around 1120.Restoration work was undertaken in the 15th century. The spire was damaged in a storm of 1703. Further restoration was undertaken between 1888 and 1891.

Within the church is the very fine late 15th century alabaster tomb of John Harington, 4th Baron Harington (1384–1418) who fought alongside Henry V in France in 1417,and his first wife Elizabeth Courtenay (died 1471), daughter of Edward de Courtenay, 3rd Earl of Devon (died 1419) Elizabeth survived her first husband and married secondly William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (died 1461). The style of armour worn by Baron Harington is of the period c.1470, as was worn in the time of his widow's death, and is not therefore an accurate representation of the armour worn at the time of his death in 1418.The monument and effigies are believed to have been erected at the expense of Elizabeth's step-daughter the great heiress Cicely Bonville, Baroness Harington and Marchioness of Dorset (1460–1529), and are considered from their very high quality "more befitting a cathedral than a retired country church". At the back of the nave is a clock dating from the early 15th century which struck the tenor bell hourly. It has no hands or clock face. The clock was used until 1897 when a new clock was installed to celebrate Queen Victoria's jubilee.

 

According to Wikipedia 

St Dubricius Church Porlock

The Church of St Dubricius in Porlock, Somerset, England dates from the 13th century. The church has been designated by English Heritage as a grade I listed building.

The dedication is to Dubricius (also known in Welsh as Dyfrig and in corrupt Norman-French as Devereux) (c. 465 – 550 or 612), a 6th-century Briton ecclesiastic venerated as a saint and may indicate he travelled to the area.

The church stands on the site of an earlier church which may date from around 1120.Restoration work was undertaken in the 15th century. The spire was damaged in a storm of 1703. Further restoration was undertaken between 1888 and 1891.

Within the church is the very fine late 15th century alabaster tomb of John Harington, 4th Baron Harington (1384–1418) who fought alongside Henry V in France in 1417,and his first wife Elizabeth Courtenay (died 1471), daughter of Edward de Courtenay, 3rd Earl of Devon (died 1419) Elizabeth survived her first husband and married secondly William Bonville, 1st Baron Bonville (died 1461). The style of armour worn by Baron Harington is of the period c.1470, as was worn in the time of his widow's death, and is not therefore an accurate representation of the armour worn at the time of his death in 1418.The monument and effigies are believed to have been erected at the expense of Elizabeth's step-daughter the great heiress Cicely Bonville, Baroness Harington and Marchioness of Dorset (1460–1529), and are considered from their very high quality "more befitting a cathedral than a retired country church". At the back of the nave is a clock dating from the early 15th century which struck the tenor bell hourly. It has no hands or clock face. The clock was used until 1897 when a new clock was installed to celebrate Queen Victoria's jubilee.

 

According to Wikipedia 

comments (11)

Very nice, Bill.
Bill Phillips: It was a fine church E
I love those iron buttresses, Bill.
Bill Phillips: I couldn't think what you meant for a moment Ray....then the penny droppedgrin
Jolie photo de cette église.
Bill Phillips: Thank you Martine
  • Chris
  • England
  • 16 Dec 2018, 06:40
Did you get into the place? It all sounds wonderful within..
Bill Phillips: I did and it was
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 16 Dec 2018, 06:41
I like the truncated spire especially and how it seems to be in a shaft of sunlight.
Bill Phillips: The shaft of sunlight was a pain from the taking the snap point of view
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 16 Dec 2018, 08:15
This church is wearing a special hat or cap. St. Dubricius is a saint I never heard of before.
Bill Phillips: It has an unusual spire. St Dubricious is a new one on me too Philine
  • Richard Trim
  • Suffolk : Where the sun rises first in England
  • 16 Dec 2018, 11:55
A curious spire .. or should I be saying 'unorthodox?
Bill Phillips: It certainly does not have the ability to be curious. We could, perhaps , say that it is unusual
A fine looking church with an unusual shaped steeple. I found out quite by accident what happened to the church I grew up in last weekend https://www.itv.com/news/anglia/2018-12-09/fire-crews-tackle-blaze-in-town-church/ I sang in the choir there for about 12 years in the 50's.and 60's.
Bill Phillips: I followed the link. What a dreadful thing to do! You must feel upset to think you used to worship there
your church is a few centuries older than mine today Bill... i like the old gravestones....petersmile
Bill Phillips: But the purpose is basically the same Peter smile
Don't know why but it looks rather French to me smile
  • sherri
  • Little Rock, Arkansas, USA
  • 20 Dec 2018, 02:21
an amazing piece of history

somebody has to work very hard to keep those markers as straight as they are

so nicely photographed with the sections of sunlight falling across the cemetery

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