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Bell's Cathedrals: Wimborne Minster and Christchurch Priory A Short History of Their Foundation and a Description of Their Buildings   By: (1842-1907)

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A Short History of Their Foundation and Description of Their Buildings


THE REV. THOMAS PERKINS M.A., F.R.A.S. Rector of Turnworth, Dorset

With Illustrations from Photographs by the Author


London George Bell & Sons 1902 First Edition 1899 Second Edition, Revised, 1902


When writing the chapters of the present volume which treat of Wimborne Minster, the author consulted the last edition of Hutchins' "History of Dorset," which contains a considerable amount of somewhat ill arranged information on the subject, verifying all the descriptions by actual examination of the building; similarly, when preparing the part of this volume dealing with Christchurch Priory, he made some use of "The Memorials of Christchurch Twynham," written originally by the Rev. Mackenzie Walcott, F.S.A., and revised after his death in 1880 by Mr B. Edmund Ferrey, F.S.A. He also consulted papers on the subject that have appeared from time to time in various periodicals and MSS. that were kindly placed at his disposal by the Secretary of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.

He desires to express his thanks to the Vicars of the two churches for permission to thoroughly examine every part of the buildings, and to photograph them without let or hindrance; he also wishes to bear testimony to the readiness shown by the clerks and vergers in imparting local information and in facilitating his photographic work.

T. P.

October 1899.




CHAPTER I. History of the Building 3 Date of Foundation 5 The Norman Church 8, 9 Alterations in the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Centuries 10, 11 Alterations in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries 11, 12 Modern Restorations 14

CHAPTER II. The Exterior 16 The Central Tower 16 The North Porch 22 The East Window 24 The Sundial 25 The South Porch 25 The Western Tower 26

CHAPTER III. The Interior 29 The North Porch 29 The Aisles 29, 38 The Clerestory 33 The Central Tower 34 The Transepts 38 The East End, Choir and Presbytery 42 Sedilia and Piscina 44 The Beaufort and Courtenay Tombs and Brass of Aethelred 42, 47 The South Choir Aisle and Etricke Tomb 48 The North Choir Aisle and Uvedale Monument 50, 51 The Crypt, Vestry, and Library 52 Deans of Wimborne 59

CHAPTER IV. St Margaret's Hospital 60 Dimensions of Wimborne Minster 64


CHAPTER I. History of the Building 67 Foundation 68 The Norman Church 70 Alterations in the Thirteenth Fifteenth Centuries 71 Modern Alterations 72

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