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The monks of Milton Abbey built a church here in C12, although nothing is now left of that structure.  The present building is essentially Victorian, although the north transept was rebuilt in 1630 by the Rev. John Mayo, with the exception of the Arts & Crafts glazing in the east window, depicting St Dorothy, which is from 1923.  The church is unique in the annals of Dorset ecclesiastical design, because it is the result of a very talented son adding to his father's work.  The nave, south aisle and chancel were entirely rebuilt in 1857 by the eminent London architect, Sir George Gilbert Scott (1811-78).  He was a High Churchman, closely associated with the Tractarian Movement and Gothic Revival and being entirely unconstrained by any notions of humility, he wrote in his autobiography that he considered himself to be a great architect and guided by Providence in all his work!  Certainly, he was professionally very successful and responsible for more than 1000 projects, which included, apart from countless churches, the Albert Memorial, St Pancreas station, 39 cathedrals and many workhouses.  In Dorset apart from Cattistock, he restored Milton Abbey (1865) for the Hambros and designed Holy Trinity, Bimport, Shaftesbury (1841) and Woolland church (dedication unknown)(1857).