PARISH BOOK BACK IN STOCK AFTER DEMAND EXCEEDS EXPECTATIONS

A book that was launched at St Bartholomew’s Church at the beginning of December with an author signing day is back in stock after demand exceeded expectations. Crewkerne Parish – its Church and People, written by professional architect Peter Wingrave and illustrated with many new specially commissioned photographs taken by Jeff Hutson, tells the story of St Bartholomew’s Church and how over 500 years, the people who have worshipped there have not only shaped the building but also the town.

Full of interesting facts, including the Winchester Chapter with an account of how Crewkerne rectory was ‘robbed’ of its land when the Diocese of Winchester was given ‘inter alia’ of the three land portions by the Crown in 1547 and granted the right to chose the curate, which was exercised in favour of men with Winchester connections, the book costs £10 and is available at the LIC in the town hall, Phoenix Books and at the church.

Local author Peter Wingrave previously described St Bartholomew’s Church as Crewkerne’s Crown Jewel in his book on the town’s architecture and commerce. The watercolour of the parish church, painted by the late Roy Meadowcroft on the front cover, illustrates why Peter’s description is justified, highlighting the grandeur of its size and splendid 15th Century architecture.

Sales of Crewkerne Parish – its Church and People will help towards St Bartholomew’s Church West Window Appeal. Repairs and restoration work to the west window were carried out last year by Sally Strachey Conservation and the scaffolding removed at the beginning of November. The Friends of Crewkerne Parish Church contributed £50,000 towards the £80,000 cost of the restoration. Chairman Ian Tribe said: “Raising an amount this large is not easy, but we were proud and pleased to be able to help out. We have an annual programme of fund-raising events, mostly concerts and prices are reasonable and refreshments are generally available.”

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