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“Dorset Beauty”

St John The Baptist Church
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Recommended length of visit: <1 hour
Reviewed 28 July 2017

One of the lesser known beauties of Dorset this church dates back to Norman times and even has traces of Saxon stonework. The church is known mainly for its unique wooden roof in the nave with the fantastic carvings and the carved pew ends and more stone carvings round some of the pillars. There are connections with King John and Henry VII and a literary connection with Thomas Hardy as here are to be found the tombs of the Turnberville family - or as they were named in his novel "d'Urberville".

There is a small carpark nearby and also the post office and a couple of pubs for those who need some refreshment.

1  Thank Mike W
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Reviewed 21 May 2017

I will not attempt to better the two previous reviews as I would say they sum up this lovely church,already. I am very priviledged to have lived in this fantastic village for more than 10 years so some may feel that I have a vested interest. I would like to state clearly that I have no financial interest,whatsoever, in any of the businesses I am about to mention.
In addition to our convenience store and our Post Office we have 2 excellent pub/restaurant/coffee-stops located literally within a 2 minute walk. The village is a brilliant central location for those wishing to explore the wider delights and attractions of Dorset and we boast several excellent B&B's close at hand and also a very nice campsite close by. SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND.

1  Thank Fiddlin-Steve
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Reviewed 2 April 2017

Its a historic church going back over a thousand years. Notable for its connection to the works of Thomas Hardy, its full of history and interest. If you can take one of the guided tours as stated on the website its well worth it and your donation helps keep the church going.

1  Thank ventdusud2
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Reviewed 8 October 2016

The small Church of St John the Baptist is definitely worth a visit and has been traced back to Norman times. The South Aisle known as the Turberville Chapel is referred to in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

There are quaint carvings on the pillars on the south side. One of a man with toothache, and one with a headache, a monkey, a dog baiting a bull etc. There are also carved pew ends, all of which are different.

There is a magnificent carved and painted oak roof dated about 1485, given by Cardinal Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1486 in memory of his mother. On each side projection is the life size figures of twelve Apostles carved in oak and painted.

The Chancel roof is decorated with ten angels. The Font has been in use for over 850 years. The Tower is dated around 1500 and contains six bells.

Very well worth a visit with its connections with King John, Henry VII and Thomas Hardy.

1  Thank Joan L
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