© Mrs Gillian Reed
CHURCH OF ST LEONARD,
OTTERFORD, TAUNTON DEANE, SOMERSET
Mrs Gillian Reed
07 November 2002
25 February 1955
Date of last amendment:
25 February 1955
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ST21SW OTTERFORD CP
8/50 Church of St Leonard
Parish church. C14, restored, nave wall rebuilt and north aisle added 1860-1, restored 1924. Squared and irregularly
coursed chert stone, limestone and Ham stone dressings, slate roofs, coped verges. West tower, 3-bay north aisle and
nave, chancel set askew, north-east vestry. Crenellated 2-stage tower, string course and gargoyles, diagonal buttresses
rising to a 2-light cinquefoil headed bell openings, 3-light west window, moulded west doorway with continuous
hoodmould, uncrenellated north-east stair turret; 2-light windows flanking gabled single storey porch, half-glazed
double doors, sundial dated 1826 inscribed 'Our days on the earth are as a shadow", double roll moulded pointed arch
inner doorway with date 1641 scratched on left jamb, offset buttress at junction with chancel, 2-light windows flanking
priests door, 3-light east window, lancet on north front, single storey vestry, 2-light east window to buttressed north
aisle, two 2-light windows to north front, another 2-light at west end. Interior; rendered. Perpendicular panelled
chancel arch, tower arch chamfered in 2 orders, C19 3-bay arcade with corbel faces of king and queen on responds.
Chancel roof: C16 ribbed barrel vault with wallplate, C19 archbraced roof to north aisle and to chancel. Mid C19
fittings, including numbered benches with some sittings designated free, Jacobean altar table, Minton tiled sanctuary;
3 C17 tomb slabs. Tablet to William Brandon of Otterhead House (demolished), died 1854, signed G Wood of Bristol.
Tablet to John Banks, died 1769. (Kellys Directory, 1914).