The Seventeenth century had its troubles too: the English Civil War and Monmouth' s Rebellion left their mark; the Minster tower was damaged, Axminster people were brutalized: but citizens who had sided with Monmouth were later executed here and near Weston Zoyland in Somerset. The mixture of politics and religion gave rise to the Congregational Church now the United Reformed Church in Chard Road, and Baptists who founded a congregation whose successors meet now at Kilmington. The royal coat of arms (Georgian -
The thirteenth century Tower is the oldest part of the Church and housed mediaeval bells. These were re-
The Church is plain and largely unadorned, and bears the scars of time and damage. Much has been done to renew the windows and internal plaster , and to re-
Inside however there are some gems: the FONT has a beautiful hand carved cover depicting the baptism by John of Jesus; the handmade KNEELERS are varied and interesting; the CHANDELIER made in 1750 at Bristol was given by Richard Haycroft and Matthew Liddon the two Churchwardens of the time, THE WINDOWS in the east, west and south are largely good examples of Victorian work; the north windows have three modern designs showing John the Baptist (near the font), the Blessed Virgin Mary (right of the porch door) and the Millennium Window by the organ conceived by an Axe Valley Community College Student. Being Axminster, we have the world-
Ringing chamber floor before and afterwards
Thomas Whitty Carpet and Millennium carpets
Picture of dodgy plaster !
East, West and South windows