Explore the Church's History

Tintinhull church is particularly rich in both documents and surviving fabric: its fabric, unlike that of so many Somerset churches which were rebuilt from the wool revenues of the fifteenth and early sixteenth centuries, retains substantial evidence of each of the Gothic building styles; while its churchwardens’ accounts detail expenditure on many of the fittings required for the performance of the late medieval liturgy, and provides dates for their acquisition or construction. Taking these two sources of information together allows the appearance of the church to be reconstructed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, and on the eve of the Reformation, when the building was probably at its most elaborate in terms of its internal furnishing and decoration.
Much can be learned from the close examination of the fabric of the building with the surviving documents - particularly the early churchwardens’ accounts beginning in 1433 - the result is a continuous narrative from the pre-thirteenth century masonry of the nave wall bases to the present time.
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Around the middle of the thirteenth century the whole of St Margaret’s church was rebuilt, as a two-celled structure apparently on the pre-existing footprint of the nave and chancel. On the exterior, there exists a continuous moulded corbel table of earlier thirteenth century character, This corbel table must be presumed to date the masonry beneath it,
The most important historic features identified in a recent 2019 survey are summarised in the church plan below. It should be emphasised that there are differences in interpretation between this survey and that conducted in 2009. The latter considered both physical and documentary evidence whereas this study was purely of the existing church fabric. Enlarge the image for more clarity.

Elevation and sectional drawing together with 13C representations are given on the drawings page. Use parallel bars link in top right corner of banner.

Drawings and interpretation by Howard Jones 2019.
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