Selworthy Church, Somerset

Often considered one of England’s prettiest villages, Selworthy stands in the shadows of Exmoor and Minehead Bluff, overlooking a natural fold in the North Somerset landscape.

The church, All Saint’s, is one of the few in the West of England which is regularly limewashed over the stonework to give it its white appearance. A hundred years ago most local churches in Exmoor were treated in this way, today only a few receive this treatment.

Underneath the limewash is a late 14th Century church with an early 15th Century tower. The church was restored in 1875 and the remains of frescoes were discovered inside – unfortunately there was insufficient knowledge to preserve them and they have now been lost.

As a building the Church is unspectacular, but its setting is truly memorable.

Photo - Andrew J. Müller

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