Church of St Leonard, Butleigh

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Church Of St Leonard
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Location Butleigh, Somerset, England
Coordinates 51°06′09″N 2°41′13″W / 51.10250°N 2.68694°W / 51.10250; -2.68694Coordinates: 51°06′09″N 2°41′13″W / 51.10250°N 2.68694°W / 51.10250; -2.68694
Built 14th century
Listed Building – Grade II*
Designated 22 November 1966[1]
Reference no. 1058773
Church of St Leonard, Butleigh is located in Somerset
Church of St Leonard, Butleigh
Location of Church Of St Leonard in Somerset

The Anglican Church Of St Leonard in Butleigh, within the English county of Somerset, was built in the 14th century. It is a Grade II* listed building.[1][2]

The earliest church on the site was from the Anglo-Saxon period and part of this may still form part of the door. At the time of the Domesday Book the church and village were property of Glastonbury Abbey.[3][4]

The stone church underwent Victorian restoration and was extended in the middle of the 19th century for George Neville-Grenville by John Chessell Buckler who installed a new hammerbeam roof.[1][3]

Inside the church is a 15th-century octagonal font and a Jacobean alter table along with several monuments and memorials. The largest, by Lucius Gahagan includes a poem by Robert Southey and is to three seafaring Hood brothers including Alexander Hood and Samuel Hood who were the sons of the Vicar of Butleigh.[3][5][6] There is also a Hood family chest tomb in the churchyard.[7]

The parish is part of the benefice of Baltonsborough with Butleigh, West Bradley and West Pennard within the Diocese of Bath and Wells.[3]

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  1. ^ a b c "Church of St Leonard". Historic England. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  2. ^ "Church of St. Leonard". Images of England. Retrieved 24 October 2007. 
  3. ^ a b c d "St Leonard, Butleigh". A Church Near You. Church of England. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  4. ^ Siraut, M. C.; Thacker, A. T.; Williamson, Elizabeth. "Parishes: Butleigh". British History Online. Victoria Coumnty History. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  5. ^ Hore, Peter (2015). Nelson's Band of Brothers: Lives and Memorials. Seaforth Publishing. pp. 24–25. ISBN 9781848327795. 
  6. ^ "Church Memorials". Butleigh. Retrieved 31 October 2015. 
  7. ^ "Hood family monument, 24 metres south of nave, Church of St. - Leonard". National Heritage List for England. Historic England. Retrieved 31 October 2015.