Culbone Church

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Culbone, England

Culbone Church Reviews

davidx davidx
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Smallest church in England - but 'small' does not equal 'below par.' Jul 24, 2012
This church is grade 1 listed, probably neither because or although it only seats about 30 people. Its total length is about 35 feet and its width about 10 feet.

The 'village' of Culbone is hardly big enough to justify the term 'village' at all but it cannot be a hamlet as it has this church. This and a very few houses form the 'village!' You can try to find the road to it if you must but you will fail - there isn't one. There is only a narrow footpath through delightful woods over the cliffs from Porlock Weir. It is only just outside my birth cunty of Devon but I can't deny that Somerset does have the largest share of Exmoor National Park. The path presents no technical problems at all and is a couple of miles but as you arrive you feel mighty remote from the cities of England. I think it is my favourite walk of its length.

Nor does the appeal of the church end with its great situation and tiny size, though they undobtedly make it very special. You can find a detailed description of the church on http://www.imagesofengland.org.uk/Details/Default.aspx?id=265441 which is way in front of anything I could manage.
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davidx davidx
564 reviews
Wonderful short walk Nov 15, 2010
If the amount of space or the quality of access were criteria, there would be little to say here - but they are not. Culbone itself consists of a few (Grade 2 protected) houses and a (Grade 1 protected) church. The church is probably the smallest in England, being only 35 feet by 10 feet.

The only access is by a footpath from the village of Porlock Weir through woods above the sea.

The walk is only about 2 miles long and presents no technical difficulty. The area is beautifully wooded and used to be a centre for charcoal making.

The church's features include a fine carved chancel screen, a two-light Saxon window, a Norman font and one of Somerset's oldest bells, cast in the 14th century.
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