The Church of St George at Dunster is very special. It is a wool church, built largely in the late medieval period with the profits made by merchants from local industry and trade. Long before that there was a smaller Norman church on the site. The Norman west door arch survives. Before 1100 the lord of the manor, William de Mohun gave the church and lands to Bath Abbey and a small daughter priory was set up in Dunster. Here you can see the beautiful screen built right across the church from one side to the other, I took quite a few shots of this, to the left a fine pulpit, and beyond the magnificent chancel, When the current church was first built it was one large area with the high altar at the east end of the church. The monks and parishioners had a dispute during the 1400s related to the times and ordering of services, use of bells, and much more. The dispute was arbitrated in 1498 at Glastonbury. There was a decision made for the parishioners to erect and maintain a choir separate from the monks. This is the origin of the church’s great screen crossing the nave, chancel, and sanctuary. The 54 foot long screen, built in 1499, is thought to be the longest carved rood screen in the world. One of its features is fan vaulting. The original screen that spanned the tower arch was moved to the eastern arch of the south transept.
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