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Abbotsbury, St. Nicholas. Derek Jordan, on an external web-site. An old postcard view, from Steve Bulman's Collection. Link. St. Catherine's Chapel (originally part of the abbey). Link. Derek Jordan, on an external web-site. Former Congregational Church, Dennis Harper (2011).
Affpuddle, St. Lawrence. Bill McKenzie. Another view. June Norris. Link.
Alderholt, St. James. Another view. As Roger points out, the stepped gable is very unusual outside of Scotland, and in this case the 12 steps are probably symbolic of the apostles. Link.
Almer, St. Mary. Mike Rice. Another view, from an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Another view, and an interior view, both Roger Hopkins. Roger rates this C12 church very highly.
Alton Pancras, St. Pancras. Interior view. Both Marion Hall. Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Athelhampton, St. Edward King and Martyr (formerly St. John). June Norris. Link.

Beaminster, St. Mary. Link. ST 478 012. The former Congregational Church, now the town museum. ST 481 011. St. John (R.C.). ST 481 017. Link. All Steve Bulman (2010).
Bere Regis, St. John the Baptist. Bill Henderson. Another view. Interior view. A charming C15 roof carving. The story of the Turberville family, commemorated in the Turberville window, is famous as the inspiration for Hardy's "Tess of the D'Urbervilles". The wealthy Turberville family lived in Bere Regis. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Bettiscombe, St. Stephen. June Norris. Link.
Bishop's Caundle, Parish Church. June Norris.
Blackdown, Holy Trinity. ST 396 030. Julie Baker.
Blandford Forum, St. Peter and St. Paul. Interior view. Detail of the tower. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Blandford St. Mary, St. Mary. June Norris. Link.
Bothenhampton, Holy Trinity New Church. SY 470 919. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Grade II* listed - link. The following are all Dennis Harper (2011). The Old Church, also dedicated to the Holy Trinity, is now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, and the font. SY 475 917. Grade I listed - link. Link (for both churches).
Bournemouth.
Bradford Abbas, St. Mary. A detail from the pulpit. Both Gene Hawkins.
Branksome, St. Aldhelm. Roger Hopkins. Link.
Bridport.
Broadoak, St. Paul on Broadoak Lane. Built as a chapel-of-ease to Symondsbury in 1865-6, to the designs of Thomas Talbot Bury. SY 438 692.
Richard Roberts (2016). Link.
Broadwindsor, St. John the Baptist. June Norris. Link.
Brownsea Island, St. Mary. SZ 028 877. Dave Westrap. Another view, interior view, and the unusual tomb of George Cavendish-Bentinck in the graveyard. A medieval Italian well-head, the 19th century owner of the island brought it back to adorn his final resting place. All Roger Hopkins. Link1. Link2. Link3.
Buckland Newton, Church of the Holy Rood. Interior view. Both Marion Hall. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Burton Bradstock, St. Mary the Virgin. Two further views - 1, 2, interior view, altar, and the font. Link. Grade I listed - link. The former Wesleyan Chapel (1825) now serves as the library. Grade II listed - link. All Dennis Harper (2011).
Bryanston, St. Martin, dating from 1898. Standing in the grounds of Bryanston Public School, it was constructed using stone from the demolished Bryanstone House (1778). Interior view. The roof is constructed from the ballroom floor of the House. All Roger Hopkins.

Cann, the former St. Rumbold, now Shaftesbury School Chapel Arts Centre. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection, and thanks to Kevin Price for providing the dedication and current usage. Link.
Chalbury, All Saints. June Norris.
Charlton Marshall, St. Mary the Virgin. June Norris. Link.
Charminster, St. Mary the Virgin. SY 679 928. Another view. Both Les Needham. Link.
Charmouth, St. Andrew
on The Street. Although of medieval origin, it was completely re-built in 1836 by Charles Fowler. SY 364 935. Graeme Harvey. Interior view, Richard Roberts (2016). Link. Grade II listed. U.R.C. on The Street. Founded as Congregational in 1689, the present chapel is of 1815. SY 366 936. Richard Roberts (2016). Grade II listed. Mortuary Chapel in Charmouth Cemetery, located at SY 353 941. It pre-dates the OS map of 1889. Richard Roberts (2016).
Chideock, St. Giles. Graeme Harvey. Two further views - 1, 2, two interior views - 1, 2, and the font, all Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade I listed. The Church of Our Lady, Queen of Martyrs, and St. Ignatius (R.C., 1872) on North Road. Built by Charles Weld in the grounds of Chideock Manor. Interior view. SY 420 934. Both Richard Roberts (2016). Link. Grade II* listed. Also by Charles Weld, the Catholic Cemetery Memorial Chapel (1852) on North Road. SY 421 929. Richard Roberts (2016). Grade II* listed.
Child Okeford, St. Nicholas. June Norris. An old postcard view (on which it is spelled Childe Okeford) from Reg Dosell's Collection.
Chiswell - see Portland.
Christchurch, the Priory Church. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. Another old view (late C19) is from an album in Christopher Skottowe's Collection. A modern view, and another. Both Graeme Harvey. Link. Grade I listed.
Compton Abbas, St. Mary. June Norris.
Corfe Castle, St. Edward King and Martyr. Bill McKenzie. Another view. Malcolm Matthews. A view of the church from the castle, and an interior view, both Roger Hopkins. Roger advises that the church suffered much during the siege of the castle in the English Civil War, and was heavily "restored" in Victorian times. The font, Graeme Harvey (2011).
Corfe Mullen, St. Hubert. June Norris. Link.
Cranborne, St. Mary and St. Bartholomew. Another view. Interior view. A splendid wall-painting. Tregonwell window. All Roger Hopkins. Link.

Dorchester.
Dottery, Church of St. Saviour (CoE, 1882) on Pymore Lane. This is the last tin tabernacle in regular use in Dorset. SY  458 951. Richard Roberts (2016). Link.
Durweston, St. Nicholas. June Norris. Another view. Roger Hopkins. Link.

East Compton, the remains of St. Mary Old Church. Another view. Dating from the 15th century, the church was abandoned in the mid 19th, the congregation moving to the then new church of St. Mary at Compton Abbas. Much of the old building's fabric was re-used in the new church, leaving the tower, and a 13th century preaching cross in the graveyard. ST 876 187. Both Roger Hopkins (2010).
East Stoke, the former St. Mary, now part of a private property. Graeme Harvey (2011).
Easton
- see Portland.
Enmore Green, St. John the Evangelist (1843) sits in an idyllic position on the slopes of Shaftesbury's ancient hill fort. Roger Hopkins.
Eype, St. Peter (1863-5) on Mount Lane. SY 451 917.
Richard Roberts (2016).

Fifehead Magdalen, St. Mary Magdalen. The photo is stitched together from several images, to avoid trees. ST 782 216. Martin Richter (2012). Link1. Link2. Grade II listed - link.
Fontmell Magna, St. Andrew. June Norris. Another view, interior view, and the St. George window. All Roger Hopkins. An old postcard view, from
Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.
Fordington, St, George. June Norris. Link.
Fortuneswell - see Portland.
Frampton, St. Mary. Graeme Harvey. Link.

Gillingham, St. Mary the Virgin. ST 806 265. Methodist Church. ST 808 265. Both Andrew Ross.
Grove - see Portland.

Highcliffe, St. Mark. From an old postcard, Geoff Watt's Collection.
Hinton Martell, St. John the Evangelist. June Norris.
Holnest, Church of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Interior view. Both Marion Hall. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Horton, St. Wolfrida - an interior view from an old postcard in Judy Flynn's Collection, previously in the Unknown section, and identified by Simon Davies. Link. Grade I listed.

Iwerne Courtney, St. Mary. June Norris.
Iwerne Minster, St. Mary. June Norris. Another view, from an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection.

Kingston, St. James. Bill McKenzie.
Kingston Lacy, St. Stephen. Bill McKenzie.
Knowlton ruined church. Bill McKenzie.

Langton Herring, St. Peter. Another view, two interior views - 1, 2, the altar and font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Grade II listed - link.
Langton Long, All Saints. June Norris. Another view. Roger Hopkins.
Langton Matravers, St. George. Bill McKenzie.
Littlebredy, St. Michael and All Angels. Another view, interior view, altar and font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Litton Cheney, St. Mary. Interior view, and the font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Grade I listed - link.
Loders, St. Mary Magdalene. Cris Tyler was trying to identify a church for a friend, which was thought might possibly in the Leeds area). Phil Draper made the identification. Link. Grade I listed.
Long Bredy, St. Peter. Another view, interior view, and the font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Longburton, St. James the Great. Interior view. Both Marion Hall. Link. Grade I listed - link.
Longham, U.R.C. Gerard Charmley (2010). Link.
Lulworth, St. Mary (R.C., 1786) at Lulworth Castle. Roger Hopkins. Grade I listed - link. Holy Trinity. Interior view. It looks older, but only dates from 1869-70. The original Norman church was described in 1763 by John O'Keef as "very ancient, the smallest I ever saw!". It would be lovely to find an engraving of this lost building. Both Roger Hopkins (2011). Grade II listed - link.
Lyme Regis.
Lytchett Minster, the church has no dedication. Bill Henderson. Another view, and an interior view, both Roger Hopkins. U.R.C. Bill Henderson.

Maiden Newton, St. Mary. SY 596 978. Link1. Link2. Former Wesleyan Methodist church, ca. SY 594 977. My appreciation to Janet Gimber for the identification, and for advising that it seems to have closed in the early 1990's. Both Steve Bulman (2010).
Marshwood, St. Mary. Another view. SY 382 996. Both Julie Baker.
Melbury Abbas, St. Thomas. June Norris.
Milborne St. Andrew, St. Andrew. June Norris. Link1. Link2.
Milton Abbas, a distant view of St. James. ST 8065 0178. Carole Sage (1994). Link. Grade II* listed.
Minterne Magna, St. Andrew. Interior view. The beautiful Napier Monument. The church also holds a tomb of the Churchill family. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Morecombelake, St. Gabriel. Another view. Both Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Moreton, St. Nicholas. June Norris. A lovely Georgian church, bombed in WWII. Its chief glory now lies in the windows, installed over the last few decades to replace those destroyed by the bomb. But the replacement windows are of beautifully engraved glass, which give a quality of light in the church which is simply stunning. Three further views - 1, 2, 3, interior view, and one of the windows, all Steve Bulman (2010). Link.

Oborne, St. Cuthbert. All that remains is the chancel, the nave having been demolished in the 1860's. Now in the care of the Churches Conservation Trust. Another view, and two interior views - 1, 2. All Martin Richter (2012). Link1. Link2. Grade II* listed - link.
Owermoigne, St. Michael. Interior view, altar and font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.

Parkstone, St. Peter. Roger Hopkins. Link. The former Salterns Road Methodist Church. Graeme Harvey (2011).
Piddlehinton, St. Mary the Virgin. Graeme Harvey. Another view, and an interior view. Another favourite church of Roger (and Thomas Hardy!). Both Roger Hopkins. Link.
Piddletrenthide, All Saints. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Pilsdon, St. Mary. June Norris.
Poole.
Portesham, St. Peter. Another view, interior view, altar, pulpit and font. Link. Grade I listed - link. Methodist Church (1867). Another view. The left hand half of the building was built as a schoolroom in 1905. All Dennis Harper (2011).
Portland, comprising of Fortuneswell, Easton, Grove, Weston and Southwell.
Puddletown, St. Mary the Virgin. Interior view showing the gallery and organ, and another taken from the gallery. A medieval tomb. Roger explains that this is Thomas Hardy's Weatherbury Church. The gallery (C17) was used by the church musician's, Hardy's father being one of them. All Roger Hopkins, who rates this church highly. Another interior, the pulpit and tester, the early font, and the intricate roof timbers, all Christopher Skottowe (2013). Link. Grade I listed.
Puncknowle, St. Mary. Two further views - 1, 2, interior view, altar and font, All Dennis Harper (2011). Grade I listed - link.

Radipole, St. Ann. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. Link.

Shaftesbury.
Shapwick, St. Bartholomew.  A lovely C14 church on a riverbank. Roger relates the following old story - "
An amusing legend told in these parts is about a long ago funeral at Shapwick's notoriously flood prone church. Mourners were interrupted by a sudden great storm as they lowered the deceased into the grave. As Shapwick quickly became flooded they abandoned the proceedings for higher ground.  However, returning later they found the coffin had floated into the River Stour and was never to be seen again!" Roger Hopkins. Link.
Sherborne.
Shipton Gorge, St. Martin. Interior view, and the font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade II* listed - link.
Southwell - see Portland.
Spetisbury, St. John the Baptist. June Norris. Link.
Stalbridge, Congregational Church on Station Road. ST 736 178. Link, which says the church dates from 1870, and was preceded by an earlier Presbyterian Meeting House (building registered 1724) and chapel (1725). Link. Methodist Church (1873) on Ring Street. Possibly no longer in use. The previous building, Wesleyan, which was built in 1833, was on Guggleton Street. This was later re-named as Station Road, so Howard Richter speculates that the Congregational Church may be built on the site of the Wesleyan building (or even be substantially the same building), though has been unable to find any proof of this. Both Martin Richter (2012).
Steeple Church, St. Michael and All Angels. Bill McKenzie.
Stinsford, St. Michael. Two interior views - 1, 2. This is Thomas Hardy's "Mellstock Church" in "Tess", and "Under the Greenwood Tree". It was his childhood church, and Roger advises that this skull had a morbid fascination for the young Hardy. His heart is buried under this memorial. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Stour Row, All Saints. Another view, and the church bell in the churchyard. ST 823 211. Link. Grade II* listed - link. Former chapel. Another view. Howard Richter advises that this seems to have been built between 1865 (when it isn't mentioned in a directory of that year) and 1880 (when Kelly's directory mentions a Congregational Chapel). On an 1887 map it shows as "Independent". By the time of a 1962 map, it shows as "Chap (Dis)", so disused, and on a map of 1965 it's "Hall". It appears to continue in use as the village hall today. ST 820 211. Both Martin Richter (2012).
Stourpaine, Holy Trinity. June Norris. Another view, and an interior view, both Roger Hopkins. Link.
Studland, St. Nicholas. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. Interior view, and another. The church from the east. All photos  Roger Hopkins. Link.
Sturminster Marshall, St. Mary the Virgin. June Norris. Link.
Sturminster Newton, St. Mary. Interior view. Both Roger Hopkins (2012). Link. Grade I listed.
Sutton Waldron, St. Bartholomew. June Norris.
Swanage, St. Mary the Virgin. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. Graeme Harvey (2011). Holy Spirit and St. Edward (R.C.) on Victoria Avenue. SZ 030 911. Graeme Harvey (2011). Three additional views - 1, 2, 3, all Martin Richter (2012). Link1. Link2. Grade II listed.
Swyre, Holy Trinity. Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade I listed - link.
Sydling St. Nicholas, St. Nicholas. Another view, and a gargoyle on the tower. SY 630 992. All Steve Bulman (2010). Link.
Symondsbury, St. John the Baptist. Two interior views - 1, 2, the altar and organ, and the font (the listing website says C19, which may be right for the supports, but surely not for the bowl?). All Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade I Listed - link.

Tarrant Crawford, St. Mary. Interior views 1 and 2. St. Mary is all that remains of Tarrant Abbey, which was enormously wealthy. Some 13th/14th century wall paintings survive, and Roger has used computer restoration to improve this detail. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Tarrant Gunville, St. Mary. Interior view. A scratch dial. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Three Legged Cross, All Saints - an Iron Mission Church, built 1893. In 1957 it was clad in stone, but has since been demolished and replaced. Former Primitive Methodist Chapel. Dating from 1893, it replaced an earlier building of about 1850, and went out of use in 1984. Extended, it is now a private residence. U.R.C., formerly Congregational (built 1891). Images courtesy of Verwood Historical Society, and kindly forwarded by Jill Coulthard.
Thorncombe, St. Mary. ST 375 033. Link. Thorncombe Chapel. ST 375 032. Link. Both Julie Baker.
Toller Fratrum, St. Basil. Marion Hall. Grade II* listed - link.
Tolpuddle, St. John. June Norris. Another view. Roger Hopkins. Interior view. Tolpuddle is, of course, famous for the Tolpuddle Martyrs, and there is an annual Trade Union pilgrimage here to pay their respects to the memory of the martyrs, one of whom is buried here. Both Roger Hopkins. Link. Grade I listed - link. The Methodist Church (1861, restored 1957) also has a memorial commemorating the martyrs - close-ups here and here. Interior view. All Dennis Harper (2011). Grade II listed - link.
Trent, St. Andrew. Another view. ST 589 185. Both Julie Baker.
Tyneham, St. Mary. Interior view. Detail of the East Window, designed by Martin Travers in 1925. Tyneham is the village commandeered by the MOD during WWII to serve as a training area. See the Wikipedia entry. All Roger Hopkins. Link.

Upwey, St. Laurence. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman Collection.

Verwood.

Wareham.
West Bay, St. John. Graeme Harvey. Another view, interior view, the font, and the organ, all Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Methodist Church. Graeme Harvey. Another view, Dennis Harper (2011).
West Lulworth, Holy Trinity. Interior view, altar and font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Link. Grade II listed - link.
West Stafford, St. Andrew. Interior view of a really lovely church. Hardy set the marriage of Angel Clare and Tess of "Tess of the D'Urberville's" here. Both Roger Hopkins. Link.
Weymouth, St. Mary, on St. Mary's Street. Link1. Link2. Holy Trinity. Link. Both Graeme Harvey (2011). Baptist Church (1813-14) on the Esplanade. SY 681 788. Martin Richter (2012). Link. Grade II listed.
Whitchurch Canonicorum, the C12 St. Candida & Holy Cross, off Gassons Lane. ST 396 964. June Norris. Interior view,
Richard Roberts (2016). The pulpit, and a fine tomb, both Elaine Sanders. Link. Grade I listed.
Whitcombe, Whitcombe Church (dedication not known). Interior view. Detail of a wall painting. In the care of the Churches Conservation Trust, this ancient church was the living of the dialect poet William Barnes. All Roger Hopkins. Link.
Wimborne, the Minster, dedicated to St. Cuthburga. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. The following are Roger Hopkins. Present-day views, 1, 2. Interior views, 1, 2. The blue-painted roof in the tower. The tomb of Magistrate Anthony Ettricke. The bell-ringer. Link.
Wimborne St. Giles, St. Giles. SU 032 119. Kevin Gordon.
Winfrith Newburgh, St. Christopher. Another view, interior view, altar and font. All Dennis Harper (2011). Grade II* listed. The former Wesleyan Chapel on High Street/Water Lane. There is a badly degraded date-stone, perhaps for 1914. SY 806 848.
Richard Roberts (2016).
Winterbourne Abbas, St. Mary. Graeme Harvey. Link.
Winterborne Kingston, St. Nicholas. Another view. Grade II* listed - link. Methodist Church (1872). All Dennis Harper (2011).
Witchampton, St. Mary, St. Cuthberga & All Saints. June Norris.
Woodlands, Church of the Ascension. June Norris. Methodist Church (interior only). Image courtesy of Verwood Historical Society, and kindly forwarded by Jill Coulthard.
Wool, St. Joseph (R.C.). Graeme Harvey (2011).
Wootton Fitzpaine, St. Andrew (1848) on Elsdon's Lane. Interior view. SY 371 956. Both
Richard Roberts (2016). Link (which says it has no dedication). Grade II* listed.
Worth Matravers, St. Alban's Chapel, aka St. Aldhelm's Chapel according to this website. From an old postcard in Steve Bulman's Collection. A modern view. Interior view. Both Roger Hopkins. St. Nicholas, the parish church. SY 972 774. Malcolm Matthews. A modern view. Interior view. Both Roger Hopkins. Link.

Yetminster, St. Andrew. From an old postcard in Reg Dosell's Collection. Link.

 

 
 

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