Taunton Church

The town of Taunton, in cooperation with Lord Richard Bleys did lay the foundations for the new church (over the old church) in the spring of 950.


The old church had burned down in the Great Fire of 915, along with most of the waterfront during the Lord’s Lament. A small wood and stone chapel had been built over the ruins and the cellars, but it was quickly outgrown as the population of Taunton grew along with the river trade and the resettled Wundt folk from the Charter of Wundt.


The Taunton Cathedral incorporates a blend of the older heavy masonry style churches with some of the more modern vertical stone churches that have come into vogue here in the north in the last twenty years. Therefore the towers and outbuildings which are enclosed by the Main Street, East Church Street, Haymarket Street and Stick Street reflect the older style, while the apse, nave and clerestory show the influences of the smiths who came later in the construction.

The church has a very modern lead roof, with a number of phoenixes carved as rain gutters adorning the upper stories. There is also a fine bell choir in the central tower, which rises almost a hundred feet into the sky, visible for many miles.

Of particular note is the very elaborate and unusual stained glass windows, one of which, the Rose window facing east was donated by King Hugh himself. The other windows reflect their benefactors — the Wool guild, the Dyers and Weavers Guild, The Bleys family, the Church Knights, the Church Engineers, the Lay Clergy and several Town families of some note.

There is also the curious blank window, of plain glazed glass and lead, which depicts a doorway set in a brick wall. Pilgrims visiting the church have made the doorway a customary stop on their way, as it has been rumored to possess a mystical quality for those who are blessed.

An elaborate tile work ceiling in blue and white glazed ceramic is a feature of the interior, as are the several side apses depicting events in the life of the Three.

An effigy of Lord Richard Bleys can be found on the north side of the transept, done in red and grey marble.

All of the glasswork was done by a pair of dwarves, Fingolfin and Retril, in return for some mining rights in the area.

Attached secular industries are a small scriptorium, a hospital for the poor, a cabinetworks and a school.


Taunton Church

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