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Wimborne Minster lantern tower

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Wimborne Minster lantern tower
Wimborne, Dorset, England
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Wimborne Minster is a marvellous historic church that gives its name to the Dorset market town near Poole. The minster church dates to the 8th century, when a nunnery was founded here by Cuthberga, sister of King Ina. Cuthberga was buried here, as was Ethelred, elder brother of Alfred the Great. The current minster church dates to the 11th century. There are two towers; this view looks up into the painted lantern of the central tower. The tower used to be topped by a spire, but the spire collapsed in 1600, miraculously injuring no one.

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