History St Mary Magdalene's Church

Sketch of St Mary Magdalene's ChurchHistory of Our Church

The Church of St Mary Magdalene in Barwick is the parish church of Barwick and Stoford.
St Mary Magdalene’s is a beautiful Grade II* listed building, the oldest building in the parish, and was reconsecrated as a church in the mid 13th centurexeter to London y. Prior to this, it was a Chapel of Rest for those travelling along the Exeter to London road. It has been described as a “Hidden Gem” and rightly so for it has been cared for, extended and restored to a high standard over the centuries and has many excellent historical features that we can be proud of. It reached it’s present size by 1500, if you choose to visit you can pick up ou “St Mary Magdalene’s; A Brief History”. 

"Our Little church at Barwick spoils one the seeing other churches. It is a little gem. ....and here you find one of the most beautiful little churches too be found anywhere." (St Mary Magdalene's Church Barwick/ Henry WJ:R Haywood, Rector)

“Seldom does a small rural church exhibit so rich an example of Perpendicular style. Viewed from the road below, it is very striking.” (Batten's South Somerset Churches, pg 18)

"It is a church steeped in history" (Churches of Yeovil and Ivelchester Deaneries. Malcolm Young & Xavier Driver)