In the heart of God,
in the heart of the countryside

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

The benefice consists of the parishes of Bishops Lydeard, West Bagborough, Cothelstone, Lydeard St Lawrence and Combe Florey. It is situated in one of the most beautiful parts of Somerset at the heart of an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, tucked under the south-western edge of the Quantock Hills. The Exmoor National Park is a few miles to the west and the north Somerset coast has its own rugged beauty. The area is a favourite with holiday-makers whether they are sun-seekers, fossil hunters or walkers, and the terminus of the West Somerset Railway at Bishops Lydeard is a mecca for railway enthusiasts.

All the churches in our benefice are normally open during daylight hours and we warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. If you are able to join us for a service your presence would be a joy to us and to God.

We are currently recruiting for the position of Rector and we invite you
to view our Benefice Profile. We are greatly looking forward to welcoming our new Rector, whoever he or she may be.

Aerial photograph of Combe Florey used by kind permission of Robin Cleverley