St Andrew’s Church

Mells, Somerset

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Harry Mount

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Place of Worship
St Andrew’s Church
A Grade I listed building, architecturally wonderful, and the final resting place of Siegfried Sassoon.
Mells, Somerset BA11 3PW
Church of England
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Almost too much beauty to deal with.

St Andrew’s, Mells, in Somerset, scores a royal flush for us church bibbers. You approach the West Country four-decker tower via an oddly symmetrical medieval lane, 15th century New Street. On one side is the many-gabled Jacobean manor. On the other, a high-minded selection of graves - Siegfried Sassoon, Lady Violet Bonham Carter and Ronald Knox. Mells shows what artistic treasure troves churches can be - tombstones by Gill and Lutyens outside; inside, stained glass by William Nicholson and a Pre-Raphaelite memorial by Burne-Jones. Most moving of all is the WWI memorial of Edward Horner on his horse, by Munnings no less. I last saw it in the snow - almost too much beauty to deal with.

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