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Chedzoy - West Window - Symbols of the Evangelists

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 including a good collection of late nineteenth and early 20th century stained glass windows. A large number of these are by James Powell and Sons of Whitefriars, London and by Gibbs and Howard, also of London.


This picture shows the four symbols of the evangelists from the west window of the church. The window dates to circa 1896 but I have been unable to identify the maker.


This picture is a combination of two photographs, the symbols are actually in two pairs as can be seen in the picture of the whole window.


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Taken on May 17, 2012