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History

The mainly 15th-century parish Church of St Andrew in Banwell, Somerset, England, is a Grade I listed building.

The body of the church has a nave with a clerestory, north and south aisles and a chancel. The font dates from the 12th century and there is a carved stone pulpit from the 15th century and a carved rood screen built and set up in 1552, which escaped the Reformation.

The 100 ft (30 m) high tower, which dates from around 1417, contains ten bells, dates from the 18th to 20th century and the clock is dated 1884. Bells dating from 1734 and 1742 were made by Thomas Bilbie, of the Bilbie family. On the western face of the tower is a representation of the Annunciation. In the Virgin Mary’s niche there is a lily pot symbol of purity, and a lily leaf motif also to be found in the font and pulpit.

The churchyard contains the war grave of a Hampshire Regiment soldier of World War I.