The village of Long Burton lies strung out along the main A352 road, a few miles south of Sherborne and the church is situated on the east side of the road. The building is essentially C15, but the tower is C13. There is an early C17 north chapel, built as a memorial, which houses two sets of fine table tombs and some exceptional effigies. These depict Thomas Winston (1609) and Sir John Fitzjames, dressed in armour (1625), together with an identical representation of their respective wives. Inevitably, the building was pulled around by the Victorians who added a north aisle in 1873 (William Farrall).
Above the south doorway there is a royal coat of arms of 1662 with the following inscriptions "Feare thou the Lord and the King and medelle not with them that are given to change" above the arms and below "Curse not the King, noe, not in thy thoughts". These were almost certainly pleas for support from Charles I during the Civil War.
Arthur Mee writes in 'Dorset' that the font is C15. Note the C17 screens: both originally divided off the north chapel from the chancel. They have now been resited, one in the tower arch and one making a vestry area at the back of the North Aisle. Both were rescued from the vicarage where they had been dumped by the 'restorers'.
The church is beautifully illuminated at night.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©
|Grant date||Reason||Amount||Extra amount||Extra reason|
|24/02/20 12:00 am||Towards facilities and store room||£5,000|
|St. James||Longburton||DT9 5PF||0|
|St. Lawrence||Folke||DT9 5HP||1|
|St Martin of Tours||Lillington||DT9 6QX||1|
|St. Peter and St. Paul||Caundle Marsh||DT9 5LX||2|
|Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||Holnest||DT9 5PU||2|
|St. Catherine||Haydon||DT9 5JB||2|
|The Blessed Virgin Mary||Sherborne||DT9 3BP||2|
|Church||Bishop's Caundle||DT9 5NL||3|
|St. Michael||Beer Hackett||DT9 6QT||3|
|St. George||Beer Hackett||DT9 6RA||3|
|St. Mary Magdalene||Thornford||DT9 6QF||3|
|St Andrew||Leigh||DT9 6HL||3|
|St. Cuthbert||Sherborne||DT9 4JY||3|
|St. Cuthbert Old Chancel||Oborne||DT9 4JY||3|
|St. Peter||Goathill||DT9 5JD||3|
|St. Mary||Hermitage||DT2 7BB||3|
|St. Mary the Virgin||Glanvilles Wootton||DT9 5QE||3|
|St Andrews||Yetminster||DT9 6LG||4|
|St. Mary the Virgin||Bradford Abbas||DT9 6SP||4|
|St. Peter||Chetnole||DT9 6NZ||4|