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Chedzoy - South Door | by David Cronin
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Chedzoy - South Door

The village of Chedzoy is a small village which can be found about two miles east of Bridgwater in Somerset. The parish church of Saint Mary the Virgin was founded in the twelfth century.

 

In the seventeenth century the church and village were at the centre of major events. In 1645 the Parliamentary general Lord Fairfax made his headquarters in the village during the siege of Bridgwater. In 1685 the Battle of Sedgemoor was fought in the fields between the village and Westonzoyland about one and a half miles to the south east. It is said that the rebel forces of the Duke of Monmouth heard the clock of Chedzoy church striking as they advanced toward the Royal army under cover of darkness.

 

The church has a wealth of features in addition to a good collection of late nineteenth century and early twentieth century stained glass.

 

This photograph shows the South door, through which one enters the church. On the day I called the door was held open probably because it woul not close while moveable chequer plate ramp was in position. According to the church listing the door is mid 16th century.

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Taken on May 17, 2012