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

Welcome to the website for the Bishops Lydeard Benefice

Thanks for dropping by.

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.

Churches in the Benefice are open for community worship. We encourage those attending to maintain social distancing as far as is possible and to follow good practice with regard to face coverings and use of hand sanitiser. To see details of services across the Benefice please click on the Calendar link above.

Unfortunately, live-streaming of services from St. Mary’s, Bishops Lydeard is currently suspended. We hope to be able to recommence these soon. Our YouTube site can be found here.

The weekly ‘InTouch’ newsletter is also being produced and circulated. If you wish to receive the newsletter and links to the services on our YouTube site, please email

We are pleased to advise that all our churches are open for private prayer. We warmly invite you drop in to be nurtured by the peace and holiness of these beautiful places of worship. Please click here to see opening hours.

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