St Mary's Church, Wedmore

Dave Godden

Maidstone, United Kingdom

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St Mary’s Church, Wedmore, Somerset, UK.

In Saxon English, Wedmore means “hunting moor”, so there must have been plenty of game here in olden days. Iron Age remains have been found in the area along with a number of Roman sites from the 1st century. In the 7th century, King Alfred the Great had a royal estate in the area. The site of the manor house, next to the church, is thought to be the site of his house.

After winning a battle against the invading Danes in 878, Alfred brought the Danish leader, Guthrum, and some of his followers to his house at Wedmore for celebrations. The Danish leader was baptised into the Christian religion and the Treaty of Wedmore was signed, in which there was the demarcation of a frontier along the Roman Watling Street. Northern and eastern England came under the jurisdiction of the Danes, in an area known as “Danelaw”, following Scandinavian laws and customs. Alfred gained control of areas of West Mercia and Kent which had previously been beyond the boundaries of Wessex. In these areas, English custom and law ruled. The medieval stone church of St Mary is thought to be on the site where the historic treaty was signed.

During the 19th century, a pot excavated in the churchyard was found to contain over 200 silver coins from the reigns of Kings Ethelred, Canute and Harold I. It was believed to have been buried around the middle of the 11th century.

St Mary’s church was built in the late 15th century, although there are traces of an early 13th century church and some decoration is possibly from the 14th century. One of the most notable features is a wall painting of St Christopher, dating from around 1500.

5 exposure HDR from single RAW file shot on a Canon EOS1000D and processed in PS8.

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