East Brent is only a mile from Brent Knoll and both churches are awarded two stars in Simon Jenkins’s “England’s Thousand Best Churches”. Which you prefer will depend upon your personal interests and so I have to confess to a preference for Brent Knoll simply because it has a marvellous collection of bench ends.
East Brent has some good ones of its own, however, as well as some other fine woodwork. Its principal glory, however, is its nave roof that dates from 1637. I quote from the Guide Book: “A piece of early Gothic revival, using the blackberry thorn as a motif, with ribs connecting panels that are arranged in diamond shapes and in turn connected by three pendants”.
The reigns of Charles I and Charles II are known as the “Carolean” Period, an interesting term since it was, of course, punctuated by Oliver Cromwell’s “Commonwealth” from 1649 to 1660 during which, you may be sure, desecration rather than enhancement of our parish churches was the order of the day!
“Carolean” too, then was the west gallery which dates from 1635. It was originally part of the rood screen but moved to is present position in 1824. The carpenter found it not side enough and so inserted his own central section!