St. Peter and St. Paul's Wagon-Roof – Shepton Mallet, England - Atlas Obscura

St. Peter and St. Paul's Wagon-Roof

Shepton Mallet, England

Inside this magnificent 12th-century church is one of the finest carved wagon-roofs in all of England. 

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The Church of St. Peter and St. Paul dates back to the 12th century. A church of some kind has stood on this property since the days of the Norman conquest. However, much of the building was designed and constructed during the 15th century. Inside the church is one of the more fantastic examples of medieval architecture.

Adorning the interior of the church is a fantastic timber, slightly bowed roof containing 350 individually carved panels, with no repeating designs. Around 36 carved angels are also featured in the design. The roof was added to the church during that 15th century and restored in the 1950s. The carved bosses at the panel intersections are also very intricate.

The church also contains a pulpit crafted from a single block of limestone and a really nice four-stage tower intended to support a spire that was never completed.

The church is currently defined as a Grade I listed building. 

Know Before You Go

If you would like to visit the church, call their offices at 01749342163. 

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