Architecture and Landmarks
- Last Updated: Thursday, 26 January 2012 16:08
- Written by Huish Episcopi Parish Council
St Mary's Church, is a Grade I listed building which also serves nearby Langport, is built in blue lias with golden hamstone decoration. The church is most noted for its classic 100 feet (30 m) Somerset tower, deemed to be an architectural companion piece to St Martin's Church in Kingsbury Episcopi. St Mary's tower dates from around 1500 and was built in four stages. It is extensively embellished with pinnacles and quatrefoil panel bands. In the north-east corner is an octagonal stair turret which reaches the full height of the tower. A stained glass window of the Nativity by Edward Burne-Jones is also noteworthy. The local war memorial is situated opposite the church.
The Grade II listed Old Kelways Nurseries building, originally built in 1847, was carefully restored as offices, a pub and some accommodation in 1997 and directly opposite James Kelway's original home Brooklands has recently been sympathetically converted into flats. Also Grade II listed, Huish Farm near the church is a Georgian farmhouse with a mansard roof, one of several houses with this unusual type of roof in the area.
One of the most popular landmarks in Huish Episcopi is the Rose and Crown pub, which was built in the mid-17th century and is known to locals as "Eli's". A homely, family-run pub, Eli's serves its customers from a flagstone-floored cellar with no bar and until 2007 the pub had a simple cash box instead of a till. Eli's reopened for business in May 2009 following a refit, having been closed for the first time in its history after it was flooded during the winter. Much of the land in Huish Episcopi is low lying with the rivers Yeo and Parrett meeting to the south west of the village, however there are superb views across the Levels and Moors from Bowdens, the highest point in the parish.