There is a trace of a Saxon door in the tower, but the first real reference is of 1292, when mention is made of the building being a chapel belonging to the Mother Church at Sherborne. By 1405 it was described as being dependent on that church. However, this fascinating Gothic Survival (not Revival) church was completely rebuilt in 1628 and sits at the end of a quiet lane, in a very peaceful setting, adjacent to a mellow manor house. The plan is still medieval with an architectural style that leans towards Late Perpendicular. There was a rebuild in 1875 of both the arcades and the crenellated parapets were added externally.
The wonderful furnishings owe much to classical influence and are designed for Prayer Book worship. There are pews with shell top ends and a magnificent wooden screen surmounted by a great scroll, with a smaller one at the entrance to the north aisle. The pulpit has an hour glass stand. There is an interesting lectern, which is just a desk attached to the screen. Note the small scrolled font with a lavish later cover. In a glass case, there is an amazing wooden chain of 769 single links and cross, all carved from a single piece of lime wood by the Rev Wm Mayo, a past incumbent.
This delightful church will enchant anyone interested in beautiful wooden objects.
The Trust gratefully acknowledges basis of text by Robin Adeney and Drone Photograph by Richard Noble © DHCT 2018
|St. Lawrence||Folke||DT9 5HP||0|
|St. James||Longburton||DT9 5PF||1|
|St. Peter and St. Paul||Caundle Marsh||DT9 5LX||1|
|St. Catherine||Haydon||DT9 5JB||2|
|St Martin of Tours||Lillington||DT9 6QX||2|
|Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary||Holnest||DT9 5PU||2|
|Church||Bishop's Caundle||DT9 5NL||2|
|The Blessed Virgin Mary||Sherborne||DT9 3BP||2|
|St. Peter||Goathill||DT9 5JD||3|
|St. Cuthbert||Sherborne||DT9 4JY||3|
|St. Cuthbert Old Chancel||Oborne||DT9 4JY||3|
|St. Mary the Virgin||Glanvilles Wootton||DT9 5QE||3|
|St.Peter||Stourton Caundle||DT10 2QH||4|
|St. Peter||Purse Caundle||DT9 5DY||4|
|St. Michael||Beer Hackett||DT9 6QT||4|
|St. Mary Magdalene||Thornford||DT9 6QF||4|
|St. Mary||Hermitage||DT2 7BB||4|
|St Andrew||Leigh||DT9 6HL||4|
|St. George||Beer Hackett||DT9 6RA||4|
|St Barnabas||Stock Gaylard||DT10 2BG||4|