Tarrant Keynston, All Saints Church
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HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Tomb of the Bastard brothers, famed Dorset architects
John and William were the sons of Thomas Bastard, a joiner and architect. Most of Thomas Bastard's work was swept away by fires that destroyed much of Blandford Forum in 1713 and, especially, 1731.
The brothers built several stately homes, public buildings, and churches in the area, usually in Baroque style, even though the style was by then out of fashion as Palladianism gained favour. More than just architects, John and William were expert furniture designers, plasterworkers, and carvers. Their elegant, understated designs were inspired by James Gibbs, Sir Christopher Wren, and Thomas Archer.
Though they never reached the heights enjoyed by those three famous architects, they were prolific and highly respected at the time. Their work in Blandford Forum was decribed by architectural historian Nikolaus Pevsner as 'One of the most satisfying Georgian ensembles anywhere in England'.
About Tarrant Keynston, All Saints Church
Address: Village Street, Tarrant Keynston, Dorset, England, DT119JB
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
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Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low-exceptional) on historic interest
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Royal Signals Museum - 2.4 miles (Museum)
Badbury Rings - 2.5 miles (Prehistoric Site)
Blandford Forum, St Peter & St Paul Church - 2.8 miles (Historic Church)
White Mill - 3 miles (Historic Building)
Kingston Lacy - 3.7 miles (Historic House)
Pimperne Long Barrow - 4 miles (Prehistoric Site)
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