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O.S. Landranger Map reference194-881947

 

Fortunately the 14c tower was largely left alone, but the nave was altered and a new elaborate chancel added to the design of G. Evans.  Nevertheless, with its wagon roof it remains a most attractive building.  The Savage chapel, on the northern side, is late 17c and has a superb cartouche in memory of Sir John Trenchard and nearby an interesting circular window.  The Purbeck marble font is 13c.  The hour glass attached to the pulpit is 17c, although Sir Frederick Treves in his 'Highways and Byways of Dorset' says the glass was broken and the orifice between the bulbs sealed up during the subsequent repair.  After the Reformation (1559) preaching became obligatory and an hour glass ensured that the congregation received what was due.  This one ran for an hour!  There are some elegant candlesticks in the chancel and the encaustic tiled floor in the sanctuary is a particularly good example of Victorian tiling.

 

 

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