A brief history of Christchurch

                                                        

                                                   

      

 Access to Christ Church is from Church Lane off the High Street, thus the church and churchyard are hidden away and make no visual impact on the main street scene. It was positioned deliberately to serve the residents of both Worton and Marston, being placed almost on the common village boundaries. The land was donated by Charles Snell Kensington, who is buried in a brick vault under the chancel of the church. The well-known architect T H Wyatt R.I.B.A and his partner David Brandon designed the church in gothic style. It is a small Bath ashlar stone building with pitch slate roofs and stone ridge tiles, and was built by Brian Jones from Bradford on Avon. The building is Grade ll listed, and comprises an entrance porch, nave, chancel, north and south trancepts, and a vestry. It was consecrated in the 1841 by Philip Nicholas Shuttleworth, the Bishop of Chichester. Originally having the status of a Chapelry in the parish of Potterne, Worton and Marston became a new parish in 1853.The reconditioned pipe organ supplied by George Osmond of Taunton, located in the north trancept, was installed in 1956, for a reported sum of £650. This replaced an Alfred Monk organ installed in 1896, which had a hand pumped bellows. The single manual organ has recently been cleaned and restored by Stephen Cooke Organs. The church with its surrounding churchyard, walls and hedges makes an important contribution to the character and appearance of this part of the Conservation Area.