St Peter's Church, Winterborne Came, Dorset
Opened by volunteers, open daily
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The quintessential country squire's church Disciples and devotees of the Revd Williams Barnes (1801-86), the Dorset poet, gravitate to this church; he was rector here and is buried in the churchyard. Close to the Palladian Came House, and alongside some of its outbuildings, it is almost the epitome of the country squire's church. It is a simple building dating from the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and was refurnished in Victorian times. Monuments to the Meller and Dawson-Damer families include a fine tomb chest with effigies to John Meller (died 1595) and his wife Anne.
14th / 15th century stone faced church in country estate. Churchyard not vested but well maintained with gravel path on a gentle slope from the parking area 50m away. Poet and clergyman William Barnes buried here. Single entrance / exit (120cms wide) through north porch to nave and chancel. Tower over west end accessed by aluminium two stage ladder chained and locked against wall. Floor area (nave and chancel) 81 sq m. Single central aisle 110cms wide. Wooden fixed Victorian pews, barrel vaulted ceiling, screen, pulpit, altar and choirstalls. One level only with small step down from level porch to the nave, and a further two steps up from the nave to the altar.
Facilities & Hire
Due to the historic nature of our buildings, only a very small number of them have heating, running water and toilet facilities.The lighting is usually operated via a 'push button' timer or a motion sensor.
2 miles south east of Dorchester, off A352
Nearest railway station: Dorchester West (1.5 miles); Dorchester South (1.6 miles)
History & Further Information
Useful information Why not make your visit more enjoyable and informed by finding out more about this church and the CCT before you visit? You can download a range of publications below including the relevant county guide, and any walk round guides we have for this church. Cornwall, Devon & Dorset County Guide This free of charge short guide contains details of all the churches CCT cares for in Cornwall, Devon & Dorset. Printed copies of the county guide are also available at the church.
Community information for St Peter's Church, Winterborne Came All our Dorset churches are in CCT's West region.
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