Church of St Peter and St Paul, Over Stowey

Church Of St Peter And St Paul
Location Over Stowey, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°09′07″N 3°09′14″W / 51.152°N 3.154°W / 51.152; -3.154Coordinates: 51°09′07″N 3°09′14″W / 51.152°N 3.154°W / 51.152; -3.154
Built 14th century
Listed Building – Grade II*
Official name: Church Of St Peter And St Paul
Designated 29 March 1963[1]
Reference no. 1060177
Location of Church Of St Peter And St Paul in Somerset

Church Of St Peter And St Paul in Over Stowey, Somerset, England is the Anglican parish church for the ancient parish of Over Stowey, now part of the Quantock Villages Benefice in the Diocese of Bath and Wells.

The tower and part of the nave date from the 14th century.[1] There is also 15th century work but the building was heavily restored and enlarged by Richard Carver (architect) in the 19th century.[2] There are some fine carved oak bench ends typical of the area and an unusual monument to the brothers Rich (died 1813 and 1815) depicting agricultural implements and a beehive. Several windows are by Morris & Co including two which are designed by Edward Burne-Jones. One depicts the Angel of the Resurrection and the other a band of angelic musicians. Two of the six bells in the tower are medieval, from Exeter and one dated 1714.[3]

Many of the monuments inside and outside the church are to members of the Labouchere and later Stanley family who built and occupied Quantock Lodge, owned much of the parish and funded the church restoration.

The diarist William Holland was the vicar of Over Stowey from 1779 until his death in 1819.

In 2000 the church was featured on the Royal Mail's First Class Christmas Stamp


  1. 1 2 Historic England. "CHURCH OF ST PETER AND ST PAUL (1060177)". National Heritage List for England. Retrieved 19 July 2013.
  2. Pevsner, Nikolaus. The Buildings of England, South and West Somerset. Penguin Books. pp. 269–270.
  3. R W Dunning, C R Elrington (Editors), A P Baggs, M C Siraut (1992). "Over Stowey: Church". A History of the County of Somerset: Volume 6: Andersfield, Cannington, and North Petherton Hundreds (Bridgwater and neighbouring parishes). Institute of Historical Research. Retrieved 18 July 2013.

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