Merriott Parish Church

    Church background (taken from the Victoria County History)
    There has ben a church existing in Merriott since earliest times (some say from Saxon times), but certainly there was a church in Merriott before the time of the Domesday Book. 
    The Church of All Saints was originally built in the 13th Century by Sir John de Meriet, next to his manor house. His infant son John was the first to be baptised there in 1276. The Church was dedicated as All Saints by the middle of the I3th century. Merriott's first incumbents were Rectors not Vicars. The Lords of the Manor then held the appointment of the incumbent, and all the tithes were devoted towards his upkeep. One John de Meriet sold the right (later called the 'gift of the living') to the Bishop of Bath and Wells who, in turn, sold it to Mulchelney Abbey.
    The parish church of All Saints so dedicated by the mid-13th century, is built of rubble and ashlar and has a chancel with north and south chapels, aisled nave with south porch and west tower. The earliest surviving feature is the tower which has thick walls tapering externally. Its date is not certain but its arch may be of the later 13th century and the parapet, semi-octagonal south vice, buttresses, and west doorway and window are all additions of the 15th and I 6th century. Also of that date are the porch and the three western bays of naves and aisles. The old chancel, which was perhaps 14th century and had no side chapels, was demolished by faculty of 1860, and the nave was extended one bay eastwards and the new chancel and chapels were added to the designs by Benjamin Ferrey. The nave roof was renewed, probably at this time and the entire church was refurbished.

    Church Officers and contact numbers
    Rectors
        Reverend Julia Hicks and Reverend Bob Hicks  
                    Telephone; Rectory 01460 76406 
        Benefice Office  01460 73226            
                           
    Services and events
    Come and join us at any of these occasions

    Merriott Church Services

    Sunday 22nd October
    10am
    Sung Communion, Merriott Church. The service will be followed by refreshments

    Sunday 29th October
    The service for this Sunday will be at 10am in St Nicholas Church, Dinnington

    Sunday 5th November
    8.30am
    Holy Communion, Merriott Church
    4pm All Souls Service (for the bereaved), Merriott Church. Tea and cakes will be served after the service

    Sunday 12th November
    10.50am
    Remembrance Service, Merriott Church

    Sunday 19th November
    10am
    All Age Communion, Merriott Church. There will be refreshments served after the service

    Sunday 26th November
    10am
    Sung Communion, Merriott Church. There will be refreshments served after the service

    Everyone welcome to come along to any of the church services


    Merriott Church Diary of Events

    Merriott Coffee Stop dates:
    Tuesday 
    12th, 19th and 26th September; 24th and 31st October; 7th, 14th, 21st & 28th November
    10am-11.30am  in Merriott Church. Come along for a cup of tea or coffee and a slice of home made cake. 

    September New to You Sale
    Saturday 28th October from 10am-11.30am in the Tithe Barn, Church Street, Merriott.
    We will set up for the sale on Friday 27th October at 6pm. Please bring along any unwanted items you may have and think we may be able to sale. 

    There will be refreshments available on the day of the sale

    Fridays
    Rectors' Day Off

    Saturdays
    Curates Day Off

    More information on Church events can be found in The Church Link publication. Copies can be purchased from Merriott Church or by phoning the Benefice Office 01460 73226. For information about hiring the Tithe Barn contact Ann Down on 01460 72316.