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To find us using sat. nav., our post code is TA4 3EG.
Elaine Woolacott, 9 Vale View, West Bagborough. Tel: 01823 432636
Antonia Tregenza. The Rectory, Church Street, Bishops Lydeard TA4 3AT. Tel: 07971 267236. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Church at West Bagborough is dedicated to St Pancras, whose Feast Day is 12th May. The church is a restored 14th century building, nestling into a steep slope adjacent to Bagborough House. It was beautifully decorated in the 1920s by Sir Ninian Comper. It seats 200, in two aisles. It has an excellent 200-year-old organ, and a tower with a ring of six bells. Access to the church is either by an uphill footpath from the road, or from the driveway of Bagborough House (by kind permission).
The style of worship is rooted in the Catholic tradition, and incense is used regularly.
The story of St Pancras:
Pancras was only fourteen years old when he perished in the last great persecution organised by Diocletian and his western colleague Maximian. His mother was brought to trial and the boy accompanied her to her interrogation. Maximian is supposed to have said, ‘I am certain that a fine lad like you, with a great career ahead of him, has no time for this superstition, fit only for women or slaves.’ But the boy proudly stood beside his mother and proclaimed his Christian allegiance. His death moved many because of his youth and noble birth and many churches are dedicated to him – as well as a London train terminus being named after him! (Copyright: Strange Eventful History. The Story of the Saints of the Church of England, written and published by Christopher Loveless, 2012.)
West Bagborough village is on the south-west slope of the Quantocks, and the two small hamlets of Triscombe and Shopnoller are included within the parish boundary.