St Martin's Church, Worle.
The first church of St Martin in Worle was built early in the 12th century and probably completed almost 900 years ago in AD 1125.
Worle is one of few places hereabouts which has never changed its name. Known as Worle when William the Conqueror arrived in 1066 this spelling has stayed with us for nearly one thousand years. Parts of the original Norman Church are still visible in the 21st century. The Norman arch inside the south door is a good example and substantial parts of the south wall are also 12th century.
50 Vicars of St. Martins
The first known appointed vicar of St. Martin's Church Worle was Elias de Coleshull in 1325, so for the first 200 years we do not know how the Church was administered. A list of the vicars is given on the marble tablet on the west wall inside the Church. Two files, containing all the available information about each of the vicars up to number 45 is available to researchers on request. Many of the vicars since Rev. Eric Vallance Cook are still alive or have family and friends still living, and will need to be recorded by future generations.
Worle History Society Archive
Files and books relating to St Martin’s Church
Vicars of Worle
Vicars of Worle numbers 1 to 38 Pink file
Vicars of Worle numbers 39 to 50 Orange file
Rev. Alfred Cecil Harman number 40 Purple, slim file
Somerset Incumbents 1311 to c 1730 Green cover. Original in Br. Mus.
Records of Baptisms, Marriages and Burials
1771 to 1901 Green, slim bound book
Marriages 1755 to 1901 Green, slim bound book
Churchyard Records with inscriptions and pictures
Database of graves Collected 2013 Red file,
downstairs, copy in
Church and on website
Section A Top graveyard Near Church Blue file
Section B Top west Green file
Section C Top east Yellow file
Section D Bottom NW Red file
Section E Bottom centre W Black file
Section F Bottom SW Blue file
Section G Bottom NE Green file
Section H Bottom centre E Yellow file
Section I Bottom SE Red file
Section J Bottom south Black file
The Maid in Mold Oldest grave Slim red file
Parish Magazine 17 articles 2017 Pink file
Parochial Minutes Limited number Bells tower minutes
Interior Memorials 46 recorded Orange file downstairs
Wedding pictures work in progress White file, downstairs.
900 Years of Power & G. Jenny & Stanley T. WHS Library upstairs
Let All the Bells Ring James Dowland WHS Library upstairs
Benjamin’s Son Peter H. Schurr Raye’s Library Rev. Kent
Cheers Sir C. L Harman Raye’s Library Rev. Cecil Harman
A Walk around St. Martins Raye Green The Church and Worle WHS Lib