Curious Dorset Churches – Part 2

A short while ago I blogged a walk that included the lovely little church at Chalbury – if you missed it it is here. As a result of that post, comments were made as to other Dorset churches that included a full set of box pews and I remembered this post so thought I would reblog it.

The Dorset Rambler

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Today, we are going to look at another curious Dorset church, and this one is an absolute gem! It stands in a tiny hamlet and is in fact a tiny church but one that has remained to a large extent unspoilt and certainly unchanged in layout since it was built in the 12th century. This is St Andrew’s Church, Winterborne Tomson.

St Andrew’s Church, Winterborne Tomson.

St Andrew's Church St Andrew’s Church, Winterborne Tomson

The small hamlet of Winterborne Tomson takes its name from the nearby stream that flows in winter only, known as a Winterborne, together with the name of the Thomas family who once owned the manor house. Its diminutive church was built in the early 12th century and in terms of layout and structure, it has remained much the same ever since. It has of course been altered in some ways over the centuries…

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  1. St. Andrews is such a beautiful church because its design is so simple and calm. I hope to get a chance to visit it one day.

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