East Coker (St. Michael), Somerset

East Coker Church

St. Michael and All Angels, East Coker

East Coker is in Somerset, but not too far from the Dorset border. The church, mostly built of Ham Hill Stone, is situated on a hill next to Coker Court, once home of the Courtenay family. The church contains memorials to William Dampier (1652-1715) the buccaneer and explorer and T.S. Eliot (1888-1965) the author and poet, whose ashes are buried here in the church of his ancestors.

Sources:

Current church guide:

A guide to St. Michael's Church, East Coker, Somerset / written by Cecil C. Foulkes in collaboration with the Rev. David Hunt, July 1987 ; revised by Mary Field, January 1997.
A 16 page A5 sized booklet containing a detailed guide to the church and its features with additional information on relevant families and personalities, including William Dampier and T.S. Eliot. A variety of other booklets are available.

Bells:

8, 13 cwt. in G.

The guide book says that there have been eight bells in the church since 1770 - all eight being cast by the Bilbies of Cullompton in Devon. At the time the bells were hung in a central tower, but at the end of the eighteenth century, this was demolished and a new tower built at the east end, next to the chancel.

Map

Ordnance Survey 1:10560 County Series 2nd edition (c.1900) Sheet 90 Subsheet 05 (on Somerset Archive and Records Service Web pages):
http://www.somerset.gov.uk/archives/maps/os62htm/9005.htm


East Coker Church

Church of St. Michael and All Angels, East Coker


East Coker Church

Tablet memorial to T. S. Eliot, Church of St. Michael and All Angels, East Coker


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