King William II gave the land the church stands on to monks from Caen in Normandy to establish a church in West Coker. Probably a simple wattle & daub building. The oldest parts you see today are the Lady Chapel, the base of the tower and the stair turret which houses two rare horn lancet windows and date from the 14th/15th century. Over the years the chancel and nave were added. The carved pew ends date from 1633 (note the date on pew 27) and the pulpit from 1636. Much of what you see today dates from the two Victorian rebuilds. In 1832 the Rector had the church enlarged. The south wall which had stood where the pillars now stand was taken down and rebuilt where it is today, a narrow north aisle was added and the main entrance moved to behind where the organ now stands. Nothing was done to counteract the thrust of the chancel arch and in 1862 the church fell into disrepair with the chancel arch collapsing. The church was closed from 1862 to 1864 and rebuilt in the form you see today. Most of the coloured windows date from this rebuild. The screen to the tower was added in the 20th century as were the two reredos behind the altars. The font has stood at different places within the church, being moved as it developed. The ancient yew tree is thought to be about 1,000 years old and is hollow.
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