History of St. George's

Saxon origins have been claimed for Beckington, but its outstanding feature is the finest Norman tower in Somerset. Inside, its array of aisles and chapels, stately perpendicular arcades, splendid open timber roof, carvings and brasses make Beckington the most sophisticated of our five churches.

Among its ornaments are a memorial to Samuel Daniel the Jacobean poet, and the coat-of-arms of Queen Elizabeth I, an early acknowledgement of her place in the Church of England.

These churches are not, and must not become mere objects of artistic or antiquarian curiosity. They must continue to serve their primary purpose as houses for the worship of God. Services have been held in them for centuries and this unbroken pattern of prayer must continue.

But we hold these buildings in trust for ourselves and future generations. May we be faithful to that trust, and may they continue to reflect the Glory of God.

This article was written by Michael McGarvie FSA, a local historian.