The Church Building

Martock ChurchFor over 800 years, the Parish Church has been a place of worship and served and supported the community of Martock. Today prayers continue to be said in Church morning, noon and night.

The church dates from the 13th century and has been designated as a Grade I listed building. The church was acquired by the Treasurer of Wells Cathedral in 1227 and he became the rector and patron of the church.

 

The tower dates from around 1505, in four stages, with offset corner buttresses to the full height of the tower, to replace the previous one over the central crossing. At the same time the rest of the church was also restored and expanded. This expansion was paid for by Beaufort.

 

In July 1645 the church was used as a billet and damaged by the troops of Oliver Cromwell after a battle at Bridgwater, this included the removal of the statues of saints from niches in the clerestory.
The church was restored by Benjamin Ferrey who was architect to the Diocese of Bath and Wells from 1841 until his death, and also in 1883–84 by Ewan Christian when a new pulpit was installed. The interior includes a stucco plaster altar and an organ which was previously in Wells Cathedral.