On a visit to Dorset last year, 2016, how time flies, we passed through Monkton Wyld. I saw the parish church with its lovely broach spire as we came round a corner, and it looked so nice sitting in a sea of green, I just had to explore. Well it was locked, which was a shame, as it was my first church in Dorset, so I spent a little time exploring the exterior. A Victorian church, began in 1848 and built of blue lias and flint, dressed with Caen stone. You approached St Andrew’s through an oak lych gate, giving access to a sloping path to a timber porch. The body of the church consists of a nave and a chancel of almost equal size, with side aisles and a central tower topped by a broach spire, one of very few such spires in Dorset. The steeple rises 120 feet above the church. In the churchyard is the grave of James Harrison (d. 1864), a geologist who found the earliest British dinosaur, which was named Scelidosaurus harrisoni after him. Apparently it is quite a stunning church inside, a beautiful Victorian Gothic design in Decorated style, it was just a shame it was locked.