In 1795 the church paid for two men to serve in the Navy.
The year 1870 saw a great restoration of the church. The richly-carved 14th Century oak barrel roof had to be completely renewed, and the stone tracery of the windows in the North aisle was renewed in identical form. The old square box pews were replaced, and the usable wood went into the making of the present pews.
The walls were plastered with a thick layer of lime mortar, which apparently covers many old memorials to Lydeard St Lawrence families, including the Venns, the Malets, the Sydenhams, the Hancocks and the Sellecks.
The oak communion table was renewed, and has subsequently been renewed again – the 19th Century communion table now being housed under the tower. The restoration cost £1,575.
In 1880, new roofs were placed on the two porches, and the two bells were re-cast; all five bells were re-hung at a cost of £332. 17s. 4d.
In January 1980 the PCC embarked on the sizeable project of having the whole of the outside of the tower repaired and re-pointed. Following that, the interior of the bell tower was renovated, and a new bell-frame installed with the existing five bells retuned, and a sixth treble bell added. This work was completed in 1983.
Also in 1980 the existing five bells were augmented to make a ring of six bells, and the old wooden frame and bearing was replaced. The wheel and clapper, which can be seen on the interior church wall, are from this period of restoration.
In 2004 the existing ring of six bells had two additional bells installed, making a ring of eight bells in the key of F.
In 2006 another bell was added to allow the following choices: ring of eight bells in the key of F, plus the use of the back six, and also a light ring of six bells in the key of G. There are only about eight towers in the world that have this option.
The oldest bell is the fifth, which was cast and hung in 1717, and the next oldest is the tenor, cast in 1785.
The tower has an active band of bellringers who ring regularly for church services and special occasions.