About the Church of St Laurence

About the Church of St Laurence

St Laurence is a Grade 2* Parish Church dating from the 12th, 13th and 15th centuries, with significant restorations in 1633 and the late 1800s. Notable features include:

  • C19 rafter roof
  • Jacobean panelling and pulpit
  • Fine Hunky Punks on the exterior on the north side
  • Norman Font
  • C15 Pew ends
  • Fine early C20 Karl Parsons stained glass windows
  • Significant medieval wall painting on reveal of north window in chancel
  • In chancel late C19 painted censing angels either side of seated Christ and also late C19 stencilling and painted foliage on roof.
  • Monument to Sir John Newton (died 1568) now in south porch, formerly in church, re-erected 1883. Renaissance style.

Guided Video Tour of the Church

Wild Country Lane Studios. ©2016 Harptrees History Society


Video: About the Karl Parsons Window

A wonderful feature of St Laurence’s is the stained glass window, created by master craftsman Karl Parsons, as a memorial to the fallen of the First World War. It features St Laurence, St George, and St Agnes, with beautiful cameos below. This recording shows an illustrated talk about the window and its maker, from Peter Cormack, a noted scholar of 19th and 20th century British and American stained glass, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts movement.

Further reading

Click here to download a Statement of Significance prepared by our Heritage Assessor Kevin Brown.

Click here for a document about the Newton monument, written and researched by Gill Hogarth.

You can also read the full Pevesner description of the building at historicengland.org.uk

Funding Updates


Recent grants: National Lottery Heritage Fund award £294,900, Garfield Weston £30,000 and East Harptree Parish Council £4000. Also Foulerton Trust, Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers, Burges Salmon, The Hobson Charity, Somerset Churches Trust, Allchurches Trust, St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust, Church Care, The Beatrice Laing Trust. If the government extend the LPOW VAT Grant Scheme again in March 2022 that is worth c£80k to the project. Zero VAT rating of the Inclusive Access Works would realise another £10k


  • Garfield Weston (£30,000)
  • East Harptree Parish Council (£4000)
  • National Lottery Heritage Fund(£294900)
  • School House Trust (£73k)
  • Pledges so far (£84k)
  • Donations so far (£41k)
  • Allchurches Trust(£12800)
  • The Hobson Charity (£10k)
  • Churchcare (£8600)
  • St. Andrew’s Conservation Trust (£2k)
  • The Beatrice Laing Trust(£5k)
  • Somerset Churches Trust (£2k)
  • LPOW VAT Grant Scheme (£80k)
  • Zero Rating of Inclusive Access works (£10k)
  • The Sharpe Trust (£400)
  • Foulerton Trust (£5000)
  • Francis Coales(£1000)
  • Bath and Wells Diocesan Association of Change Ringers(£6400)
  • Burges Salmon Charitable Trust (£150)
  • Other (£64200)










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