St Mary the Virgin

The picture is reproduced from an old postcard.

The Town and its history

Ilminster takes its name from the river Ile and its wonderful church, the Minster. It is mentioned in documents dating from 725 and in a Charter granted to the Abbey of Muchelney (10 miles to the north) by King Ethelred in 995. By the time of the Doomsday Book in 1086, Ilminster was a flourishing community and was granted the right to hold a weekly market, which it still does, and an annual fair. 

The Minster Parish Church

The Minster Church stands at the centre and heart of our town. The Monks of Muchelney Abbey started a church here around 720 A.D. and the current jewel of a building was built about 1470.  It was built on the site of a Saxon building.

This church is one of the great Somerset churches.  It dates mainly from the 15th century and is of cruciform plan with central tower and an elaborate North transept.

The nave arcades were rebuilt and the aisles raised in the early 19th century to accommodate galleries.

The east sacristy is a feature of Somerset churches.

Also of note is the 17th century pulpit and screen, and the 18th century chandelier.


Dove's reference for the bells:

Ilminster, Somerset, S Mary V, 8, 22-3-9 in C#.     Thursdays 


Map reference    :   ST360146

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Edwin and Sheila Macadam,

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