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The Parish and Priory Church of St. George, Dunster

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jollyrobert wrote a review Nov 2019
Bridgend, United Kingdom939 contributions774 helpful votes
On our recent visit to Dunster on the eastern edge of Exmoor, we were so charmed by the village, and its history, that we spent the whole day just enjoying its various sights. St. Georges was our day's final visit, and as the dusk was decending we entered this vast and imposing church. I won't spoil the story, but it has a most interesting history, as well as a very fine rood screen (clue: this is part of that story). We were also moved by the "silent exhibit", a series of outlines, representing lost military persons, which were part of the Armistace Day commemorations. There was ample evidence elsewhere that this is a living church with all sorts of activities in each and every corner. The altarpiece is truly magnificent with a nod to the mythical George and Dragon, but the real star is the enormous wagon roof which somehow survived the iconiclasts and Cromwell.
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Date of experience: November 2019
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KevinRSheffield_UK wrote a review Sep 2019
Sheffield, UK54 contributions36 helpful votes
Nice church, nothing wrong with it but, and maybe I was already churched-out by this point, no great 'Wow!' factor for me. Nice Norman doorway and windows reflect Early English and beyond. Widest rood screen in England is interesting but of no great antiquity. Oddly the church is quite large but I could not see how to access much of it, you only seem able to visit about half, maybe I just missed something (I was on a tight timetable at that point|). Don't let me put you off but it wouldn't be in my top 10 of churches I visited while in the area:sorry Dunster.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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richtea212018 wrote a review Sep 2019
Swansea, United Kingdom90 contributions36 helpful votes
One of the most distinctive features of this church is the situation of the rood screen, which is positioned across the nave. The Church authorities resolved a dispute many years ago between monks and parishioners by moving the screen forward to divide the church between the two sides of the argument!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Paul J wrote a review Sep 2019
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We visited Dunster for a family 3 night break in September 2019. We rented a gorgeous house a few hundred feet from the church at a cost of around £1300 for the 3 nights. We were woken EVERY morning at 5am with bell ringers ringing the bells, and every 15 minutes from then until 9am. WHY RING CHURCH BELLS AT 5AM????????? AND EVERY 15 MINS AFTER?????? Completely ruined our stay and woke us up every morning. Dunster is beautiful. The Church however needs to let residents and locals sleep!
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Date of experience: September 2019
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The Places Where We Go Podcast wrote a review Jul 2019
Simi Valley, California781 contributions122 helpful votes
We found the church doors open on Wednesday afternoon so stepped in for a visit inside. This was following a tour of the grounds which had a number of weathered and mostly unreadable tomb stones. Inside the church, there are pamphlets available that provide descriptions of the various parts of the church. As a church organist myself, I appreciated the information presented about the pipe organ, including the stop list. We struggled a bit to figure out what denomination this church belongs to, and concluded it must be Church of England. The church had a list of vicars and rectors going back to the 1200s. As such, given its pre Reformation roots, it seems that for at least a few hundred years, this church would have had a Roman Catholic legacy. We found zero information available through any of the available resources within the church about its pre Reformation history. Whatever it was, it would have aided in understand this church’s past for an acknowledgement and reference to that part of its history.
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Date of experience: July 2019
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