Sunday 3 September 2023

Looking For The Taunton Church Coleridge Preached In.

Old church in Taunton.

Taunton United Reform Church.  Samuel Taylor Coleridge use to walk ten miles here to preach and worship.  That's some dedication.

Alms houses.
"All the single ladies".  Please click on the photo to read the inscription.
Somerset Cricket Club looking towards the Ian Botham stand

 When we visited Stogursey village on the Sunday and day of the ladies World Cup final.  We noticed a bus stop and a bus time table hanging from the bus stop pole.

There was a bus on Monday morning to Taunton at 7.30 in the morning.  So we got up at 5 that morning and walked 3 miles to the village.  It soon became light and we arrived three quarters of an hour before the little  bus arrived.

It stopped for us and the bus driver and another bus man doing the bus route knowledge said they never ever stopped for anyone in the village.  The man stood at the front informed us that the ten mile journey was only 2 Pounds and subsidiaries by the government made this possible.  It's a shame they can't provide public transport in all those and other rural villages that can not avail of such services.  

We arrived in Taunton and looked for the United Reform Church.  I asked a Community Policeman if he knew where the church was?  He kindly Googled it for us and said it was just up the road and his friend had a flat in the very building:

Sure enough after crossing a very busy road via a pelican crossing.  We noticed a blue plaque stating that Samuel Taylor Coleridge had preached at this very building when it was a United Reformed Church. STC would walk the Nether Stowey to Taunton road on a Sunday morning.  It was only ten miles each way.  


  1. I hope there were a few more people in the bus. It must be a great convenience for the village people needing to get into town.
    And you had another great day sightseeing.

    1. A man got on later but there were only 3 passengers Linda. There looked to be quite a few homeless people in Taunton sitting on benches.

  2. We are surprised that people don't use their free travel passes on our local buses... hopefully the free bus travel for the under 23 age group will build in the habit of using bused

    1. I wish we had buses GZ. So many people feel trapped with no rural public transport.

  3. Not one man in a thousand has either strength of mind or goodness of heart to be an Atheist. I repeat it. Not one man in a thousand has either strength of mind or goodness of heart to be an Atheist.
    - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

    I am an Atheist.
    - Yorkshire Devilish Pudding

    1. I don't have the belief to be an Atheist YP.


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