Holy Trinity

Blackford, Somerset

About the building

Historical context

The church of Holy Trinity Blackford on the Isle of Wedmore is a unique building. There are very few Georgian chapels in our rural Somerset villages: this church is a gem. Holy Trinity is architecturally and socially important. The building is Grade II listed by English Heritage. The design is the work of Richard Carver (c1792-1862) who was County Surveyor to the Diocese of Bath and Wells. The church is an elegant representation of the early Gothic Revival style. It was built in 1820-1823 as a Chapel of Ease for the mediaeval parish of Blackford, and became a parish church in its own right in the twentieth century. Unusually for churches in Somerset, the main part of the church is octagonal. The original seating and standing layout catered for 300 by using raised galleries in the north and south transepts. These were removed as part of the Victorian re-ordering but access traces remain. The church now serves both the spiritual and secular needs of the village community.