Church of the Holy Trinity, Newton St Loe - back when I attended the nearby BSU, I took many a nocturnal stroll near this building. It was only recently, long after my studies had ended, that I returned by day &, as luck would have it, found the church door open, allowing me to get beyond the vestibule & see inside for the first time.
The current Grade II listed, stone building dates back to the 14th century, though a church has stood on the site for over a thousand years, being referenced in the Domesday Book of 1086. Most of the interior fittings, including the font, pews, pulpit & screen are from an 1857 restoration, though some of the monuments are considerably older, a notable example being the tomb of Joseph Langton, who died in 1701. His marble vault, surrounded by a cast-iron railing, bears a Latin inscription commemorating his seven children, all of whom died prematurely.
An exterior walk around the church reveals a few odd quirks, including the six-belled churchtower, a series of gargoyles rendered in the grotesque style beloved of medieval masons, & an array of gravestones and memorials on all sides, going back to 1760. The registers associated with these burials, intended by nature as a simple statement of name, date, & grave location, nonetheless feature some amusingly subjective commentaries on the interments - the entry for the burial of rector John Wood in Nov 1820 has that “the Funeral was very mean and shabby and was reported no shroud”, while that of James Mitchell, buried in March 1827, details that he was “run over by a coach. N.B. The Coach was driven by Thos Hawkins.”, thus ensuring that the latters terrible driving is shamefully preserved in the diocese ledgers for all eternity.