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All Saints, Trull, Somerset

There are 14 names of the Fallen commemorated on the war memorial at All Saints, Trull which will take part in the There But Not There Armistice installation over the Remembrance period of November 2018.

The history of the church goes back to 1308 when Walter Haselshaw, Bishop of Bath and Wells, issued his Ordination of the Vicarage of St. Mary Magdalene in Taunton. This defined in considerable detail the duties and privileges of the Vicar, including the requirement that he should ‘provide a resident Priest for the parish of Trendle as soon as the parishioners provide a convenient dwelling place’. Evidently there was a Christian community in Trendle (Trull) by the end of the 13th century.

The original church is thought to date from the middle of that century; the base of the tower (the oldest part of the present church) dates from those times when the church consisted of chancel, nave and tower. The south aisle is of the 14th century and the north aisle a century later; but the north doorway was probably moved from the north wall of the 13th century nave. The nave has a “wagon” ceiling with small carved bosses. Trull is unusual in having an ancient cambered beam instead of a stone chancel arch.

The Pulpit is considered to be a special treasure dating from the middle of the 16th century (possibly later) and the bench ends date from early 16th century.

The windows are also much appreoicated, the north-east window, dating from the 15th century, depicts the crucifixion with St. John and the Mother of Jesus at the foot of the Cross and the greatest treasure in stained glass possessed by the church is the “Dragon Window” in the south wall of the sanctuary. Late 15th century work, it portrays St. Michael, St. Margaret and St. George, all slaying dragons. Two of the peal of six bells were cast before the Reformation.

In the churchyard the ancient stocks are situated under a yew tree beside the path leading to the north-west corner of the churchyard.

The parishioners consider their church to be a living focus of worship. People come for spiritual refreshment to their daily tasks with renewed power and inspiration. It thus serves this generation as it has served every generation for nearly 700 years and the There But Not There installation will add to that long history.

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