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.
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.
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.
Here are some of Lamyatt’s other flock raiding the orchard in the middle of the village.
Strangely the village name has two t’s while the parish in which it sits has just one. Not sure why?
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.
Autumn leaves cover the church yard.
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!
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!
As I leave Dinder, I find my favourite kind of road – away from the traffic.