the name of a small village and civil parish in the Quantock Hills in Somerset,
England. It is about a mile from the cottage we stayed at and 8 miles (12.9 km)
west of Bridgwater. The village is situated near the Bristol Channel, which
bounds the parish on the north. On the beach near Stogursey are the remains of
a submerged forest dated to 2500 B.C. A
Romano-British coin hoard was discovered in 1999. It contained 1,097 base
silver radiates (a Roman coin containing
20 parts bronze to 1 part silver), the remains of a pottery vessel and 50
copper alloy coins.
It takes its
name from the manor of Stoke. By 1086 it was in the possession of William de
Falaise, who had recently married Geva, daughter of Serlo de Burci, and widow
of Martin "de Wallis". Early in the 12th century, William and Geva's
daughter, Emma, was betrothed to William de Courcy, and the couple received the
manor of Stoke upon their wedding. The manor was renamed Stoke Courcy, and is
now known as Stogursey. Stogursey Castle
was probably built in the 12th century. The
best-known member of the family was John de Courcy, who made himself virtual
Prince of Ulster after conquering it in 1177.
The church of
St Andrew, built around 1117 by William de Falaise as a Benedictine priory
church is believed to incorporate earlier features. The interior contains two Norman fonts. At floor level in the south arch is a
Sanctuary Ring installed in the 13th century. In Medieval England criminals
could find a Place of Refuge in a church for up to forty days and then admit
their crime or stand trial. If they admitted their felony they would forfeit
their possessions and go into exile. The sanctuary ring in the Church of St
Andrew was installed 1243 after a murderer, John de Rechich, was granted sanctuary
and then absconded before his trial which meant that the priory was liable for
The lichens on the gravestones are many and varied showing how clean the air is around here. Wick Barrow,
near Stogursey, is associated with pixies. It is said that a ploughman working
nearby once mended a pixie's broken peel, and the pixie baked a cake to reward
him. [A peel is a shovel-like tool used
by bakers to slide loaves of bread, pastries, and other baked goods into and
out of an oven.]
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