St Mary, Puddletown, Dorset

St Mary, Puddletown, Dorset

St Mary, Puddletown, Dorset Puddletown in Dorset derives its name from the nearby River Piddle. It was apparently, originally called Piddletown but that name fell out of favour with the name finally changing officially in the 1950s. St Mary’s church was built in the 12th century with additions and changes from the 13th to the…

St Mary’s, Charminster, Dorset

St Mary’s, Charminster, Dorset

St Mary’s, Charminster, Dorset St Mary’s church at Charminster is an 11th century church, extended and improved in the 14th and 16th centuries by the local Trenchard family. The monogram of Thomas Trenchard made up of spirally intertwined Ts is visible in carvings and plaques throughout the church interior and exterior. The are two compass…

St Nicholas, Studland, Dorset

St Nicholas, Studland, Dorset

St Nicholas, Studland, Dorset The church of St Nicholas in Studland in the Isle of Purbeck in Dorset is a simple Norman structure. Built in the 11th century on the base of an earlier Saxon structure, it consists of a nave, chancel and sanctuary. The round arches are simply carved with none of the dog tooth…