Winterborne Whitechurch, St Mary's Church
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At the point where each leg joins the bowl is a heraldic shield. One shield is blank, though records suggest that it once was inscribed. Another has the IHS initials, standing for Jesus, while the final two shields are carved with three herrings and three lions, standing for the local Herring and Rochford families respectively.
The most interesting feature of Winterborne Whitechurch is the carvings of the arches supporting the tower crossing. Here, the capitals are decorated with wonderfully carved large faces and foliage. Somewhat unusually, the faces are benign, even friendly, rather than grotesque or grimacing.
On the exterior of the north wall is a rough Saxon cross.
The Rose Rent
In the reign of Mary I the lord of the manor was Sir John Tregonwell, who rented out the manor for the token annual rent of a single red rose. A few years later in the reign of Elizabeth I the lord of the manor was the scholar, author, and poet Nicholas Turberville.
From 1658-1662 the vicar of Winterborne Whitechurch was John Wesley, grandfather of the brothers Charles and John Wesley, the founders of Methodism.
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About Winterborne Whitechurch, St Mary's Church
Address: Chescombe Lane, Winterborne Whitechurch, Dorset, England, DT11 0AN
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Website: Winterborne Whitechurch, St Mary's Church
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