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St John the Baptist, Axbridge, Somerset. UK
Work on the current building began in the early 1400s, and grew from an earlier building dating back to about 1230. (the earliest recorded Rector’s name dates from 1264). It is strikingly placed on its small hill, dominating the town square, which itself still keeps its medieval shape. The entrance up the church steps is narrow, so that the full beauty of the building is only gradually revealed as you approach.
The church is built of limestone and decorated with Doulting stone, while the steps are an interesting example of Dolomitic Conglomerate (pudding stone). The pierced parapets are an attractive feature.
The crossing tower is over 100 feet high, and holds six bells. The statue on the East side is that of St John the Baptist. On the West side is a king – perhaps Henry VII, which would place it after 1485.