The IKONS were created by John Coleman, they are the "Virgin of Tenderness" and "Saint John the Baptist" the patron Saints of the Minster. There are stone statues on the south wall, and OUTSIDE there are carved stones, one said to be of King Athelstan in the north east corner, another could be Alicia de Mohun by the south east door; modern carvings depict the present and previous Rectors, and a past and present Churchwarden.




The Parochial Church Council is on a path to major re-ordering; replacing the worn-out heating system with a more eco-friendly and efficient system creating a new floor; renewing decayed plaster; re-placing the currently inappropriate clerestory windows; and re-designing lavatory and refectory to meet health and safety and disability issues. There are a number of remedial issues remaining on the windows but most of have been restored, re-leaded and glazed over a period of ten year.

The Chancel  was built east of the tower, and then the Nave. Transepts north and south extended at the beginning of the nineteenth century form the present shape of the Church. The interior has been modified many times to meet different styles of worship. Galleries were installed in 1829 and removed.









The original 3-decker pulpit was erected in 1633 -it's Stuart (Carolian)!was placed by the West door, and moved later to the present position The Nineteenth Century Tractarian Movement developed the Sanctuary, raising the Altar on steps and paving the floor and leaving the sedilia (south-side seating) much lower. The original organ built in 1780 was in a west-end gallery; the first organist moved on to Exeter Cathedral. The 1905 Norman and Beard organ was completely overhauled, electrified and developed by Deane Organ Builders in 2001/2. At one time there were side chapels, one notably in honour of S John the Baptist, and then removed ... A quiet corner with an ikon written by John Coleman has been created dedicated to his honour. The Church is a living place of worship tradition is not static but dynamic, change is a natural and necessary ingredient of Church life.

The Minster is established as a place for music and drama. There are regular evening concerts and between May and October half-hour concerts with lunches

An ancient charter permits a Fair on Midsummer tide, the Festival of S John the Baptist. This has developed since the mid 1980's into an annual June Festival and expressed afresh through the Festival of Gardening and Crafts founded in 1995. Throughout the year we are a venue for the Axminster and District Choral Society, the Axe Valley Community College, Hospital Sunday and Hospiscare, concerts including a popular series of Thursday lunchtime concerts from May to October, and civic occasions. We play our part in Axminster Churches Together as a town centre venue. Since the closing of the Market following the disastrous Foot and Mouth events, the weekly Stallholders' market in Trinity Square is much smaller but even on Thursdays the Stalls reach right up to the walls of the Minster.







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