St Andrew’s Church, Monkton Wyld, Dorset

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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.


July 2016

4 Replies to “St Andrew’s Church, Monkton Wyld, Dorset”

  1. Interesting collection of faces on that church. I like that little winged fellow. He looks like he could use a good ear scratching. 🙂 I hope you can get inside sometime.

  2. Ahhh.. the graveyard with all that green grass…. the wind is softly blowing ,the fresh scent of a hay field,and the grass is cool beneath ones bare feet…. wonderful vision on a cold winters night!! The church is beautiful . Now off to do a little googling.

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