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Chelwood

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Chelwood

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Chelwood
Bristol
BS39 4NN

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Four parishioners of Chelwood went to and returned safely from  World War I, therefore Chelwood has been designated a "Thankful Village". I believe there are only 8 such villages in Somerset. 

The church may be of interest to some visitors. St Leonard is an Anglican parish church built in the 14th century and has been designated as a Grade II listed building. The church is dedicated to St Leonard, who was born in 559.  

The foundations of the church and certain features are probably Norman but the main structure is 14th Century, the tower being rebuilt in 1722. The tower houses a bell dating from 1773. 

The Norman font was made from a block of Dundry limestone around 1125 and the ironwork can still be seen which locked the cover, lest witches stole the holy water. The detailing on the corbels on the ends of the south arcade is 14th Century-vines leaves over a female head to the east, fig leaves to the west. The south windows contain many fragments of 16th Century Flemish glass. 

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