Looking for Hidden Churches

Not all churches stand at the top of a hill, or next to a village green, for all to see.  Many nestle down between trees, in combes or even farmyards.  On my cycle ride today I was surprised to discover a series of these hidden churches around Somerset.

Lamyatt

The church of St Mary & St John is on Creech Hill in Somerset.  Not at the top which can be seen for miles but half way up surrounded by trees and the homes of the small village of Lamyatt.

I climbed Creech Hill from the south using Wyke Road up from Bruton.  This is a road I know very well by car but seldom cycle as it is narrows unexpectedly and can be busy.  Near the top I decided to escape this road and turned right into a narrow lane.  The sort of lane, common in these parts, where grass and moss still grow down the centre and hedges line the sides.  After a couple of zig-zags the lane dropped steeply down Portway Hill to the village of Lamyatt.

Church of St Mary & St John - Lamyatt, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0762

Church of St Mary & St John – Lamyatt, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0762

The village is on the north side of the hill so I assume is often in the shade.  But the south facing churchyard was a sun trap.  The only excuse I needed to get off my bicycle and have a rest, an energy drink and a look around.

Church of St Mary & St John - Lamyatt, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0741

Church of St Mary & St John – Lamyatt, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0741

Here are some of Lamyatt’s other flock raiding the orchard in the middle of the village.

Sheep in the Orchard - Lamyatt, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0735

Sheep in the Orchard – Lamyatt, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0735

Strangely the village name has two t’s while the parish in which it sits has just one.  Not sure why?

Milton Clevedon

Only a short distance, down the hill, from Lamyatt is the hamlet and parish of Milton Clevedon (both have the same name).   If it was not for the brown sign on the side of the road you would have to look hard to notice this church.  This is the famous church in the farmyard.

St James the church in the farmyard - Milton Clevedon, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0779

St James the church in the farmyard – Milton Clevedon, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0779

Autumn leaves cover the church yard.

St James the church in the farmyard - Milton Clevedon, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0775

St James the church in the farmyard – Milton Clevedon, Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0775

Each day the cows walk passed to be milked at Manor Farm as happened on my visit last year.  I waited safely behind the church wall!

Holy Cows - St James Church, Milton Clevedon, Somerset,, UK. ID 804_7883

Holy Cows – St James Church, Milton Clevedon, Somerset,, UK. ID 804_7883

Nosey Cow - St James Church, Milton Clevedon, Somerset,, UK. ID 804_7887

Nosey Cow – St James Church, Milton Clevedon, Somerset,, UK. ID 804_7887

Dinder

A few miles north, after the busy A371, I found the church at Dinder shining in the last of the autumn sun.  I well hidden church of Somerset!

St Michael and All Angels Church - Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0790

St Michael and All Angels Church – Somerset, UK. ID DSC_0790

And Finally…

As I leave Dinder, I find my favourite kind of road – away from the traffic.

No Through Road for Motor Vehicles - Dinder, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_0796

No Through Road for Motor Vehicles – Dinder, Nr Wells, Somerset, UK. ID JB5_0796

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