church as we know it today was probably built soon after 1100AD.
It consisted of a small nave and chancel. The church was lit
by small round-headed windows and the roof was probably made
of thatch. The north aisle, the east window and the right hand
window of the north wall were added in the 14th century. In
1573 the beautiful Elizabethan chalice and paten were presented
to the church. The royal arms over the chancel were added after
the restoration of the monarchy in 1660.
1713 the east wall of the chancel was rebuilt at the east end.
Under this window is a finely carved Reredos, representing the
Last Supper. It can now be found in the south aisle. The tower
was erected at the west end in the 15th century. Box pews and
a double decker pulpit were added in the 18th century and five
of the peal of six bells were cast by William Evans of Chepstow.
south aisle and the south arcade of the nave were added in 1863
and the treble bell was added in 1904. The bells were rehung
in 1962 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 11.
In 1963 a new stained glass window was placed at the east end
of the north aisle. The organ was placed in the church by public
subscription in 1965 and in 1966 a new frontal was presented
for the altar.
the late 1990s the church was once again in need of remedial
work on the tower, north west wall, the porch, the altarpiece,
guttering and replastering. General Beckett set the parish a
target of £150,000 to pay for the structural repairs required
on the tower etc. This seemed an enormous task but thanks to
his very hard work and contacts, grants from English Heritage
and other charities and the many fund raising events and donations
the target was reached in early 2001. There is more work to
be done on the interior of the church and fundraising will be
on going for many years to come.
Stain glass window at St John's Church Cutcombe
Photograph taken by John Bourne a guest at Exmoor House,
of the churchyard
if anyone would like to have one of the new Books of Common
Worship dedicated to their marriage or loved one they
The Prayer Books will be inscribed on a book plate on
the front cover.
has recently been refurbished after a serious fire and work
starts shortly on renovating the church tower.