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A Norman church in a Neolithic henge

                                A HIGHLY unusual pairing of a ruined Norman church and a Neolithic henge creates one of Dorset’s most curious if little-known sights. Knowlton Church, not far from Wimborne, dates from the 12th century. Now in a state of ruin, … Continue reading

A walk around Blandford’s watermeadows

 

Bright and breezy on the Dorset coast

A bright and blustery Sunday morning on the beach at Sandbanks, Dorset.

A little Norman gem in Dorset

                            ONE of Dorset’s smallest but most historic buildings is a tiny chapel that dates back to Norman times. St Andrew’s Church, in the little-known hamlet of Winterborne Tomson, near Blandford, was built of flint and stone early in the 12th century … Continue reading

A sunny April day at Weymouth

A RARE full day of sunshine displayed Weymouth at its best today. Here are a few pictures:

A yellow blaze at Martin Down

VIVID yellow gorse brings a blaze of colour to the Martin Down national nature reserve on the Dorset-Hampshire border on a bright spring day. The chalk downland site is home to a vast range of plants and animals.

Sherborne Abbey

THERE has been a place of worship on the site of Sherborne Abbey for more than 1,300 years. In that time it has had many guises: it began as a Saxon cathedral (705-1075), was a Benedictine abbey until 1539 and is now the Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin, the imposing centrepiece of what … Continue reading

Wimborne Minster

THE two great towers of Wimborne Minster have become as much a symbol of this pretty Dorset town as the great cathedral spire has for Salisbury. Wimborne’s handsome towers are highly visible from every approach to the town and lend it a unique identity. Most of the Minster dates back to the 12th century, although … Continue reading

Snowdrop time at Kingston Lacy

THE beautiful grounds of Kingston Lacy, the National Trust property between Wimborne and Blandford, look wonderful at any time of the year. In the winter, when I usually make my annual pilgrimage, the appearance of the snowdrops always give it a little extra sparkle, promising that spring is not so far off. Today, despite the … Continue reading

Durdle Door

THINK of the iconic sights of Dorset and it’s a dead cert that Durdle Door will be among the first to pop into your mind. This spectacular natural limestone arch is one of the jewels of Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, just along from Lulworth Cove. It is privately owned but the shingle beach is open to … Continue reading