The church of St Lawrence gives its name to the village of Wick St Lawrence, which is a little village just north of Weston-super-Mare, on a river called the Slutspil, which is quite a strange name. The church dates from the sixteenth century, and as you can see, it is quite a simple church,but very, very nice… it has a lovely peaceful, restful atmosphere, and I can imagine its parishioners very much value the atmosphere when they come for services here.
The Slutspil is a creek which leads onto the River Yeo; the name Wick is quite common as part of the name of many English towns and can mean little settlement, but here it probably derives from the Viking word ‘wik’ meaning creek. As we drove into the old part of the village (there is a new and separate housing estate) I noticed a road with the name of Warth which intrigued me; a warth is a polder, and area of reclaimed land, and north of the village there is an area of reclaimed land, the polder. It is low-lying and was inundated in the 1607 tsunami which ravaged the coast of Somerset.
I couldn’t see any information about St Lawrence, but I am guessing he was the martyr, a Spanish saint who died in 258AD in the most horrible fashion, his death involving a gridiron… He is associated with the chalice, the relic supposedly from the Last Supper.
It was very quiet when we visited, the church bathed in lovely spring sunshine, and we thought what a pleasant village Wick St Lawrence is.