Studland, St Nicholas Church
History, tourist information, and nearby accommodation
HERITAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Norman corbel carvings
Some original windows have survived on the north wall, but the rest are 18th century replacements in Norman style. Both chancel and tower arches are beautifully carved with traditional Norman motifs. Even better are the early Norman capitals under the arches; these are simply, yet beautifully carved, with chequerboard and foliage patterns, among other traditional Norman styles.
Other historic features include a Norman font and 18th century pulpit, plus a late 18th century west gallery.
HistoryStudland's first church was established in the late 7th century, after St Aldhelm, Abbot of Malmesbury, visited the south Dorset coast. That early church was destroyed by Danish raiders in the 9th century. It was not until the late 11th century that the new Norman overlords built a stone church on the foundations of the earlier Saxon building. The new church has none of the elaborate look of later buildings; it is functional, sturdy, and squat, with the only real effort at external decoration provided by the corbel table carvings.
St Nicholas is incredibly satisfying to visit. I've been twice, and plan to go again the next chance I get. The location near the coast is superb, and a short walk will bring you to the famous Old Harry rocks that just out into the Channel.
About Studland, St Nicholas Church
Address: Studland, Dorset, England, BH193AT
Attraction Type: Historic Church
Location: Just off the B3351. There are car parks on Beach Road and Manor Road, very close to the church. Usually open daylight hours.
Website: Studland, St Nicholas Church
Photo Credit: David Ross and Britain Express
NEARBY HISTORIC ATTRACTIONS
Heritage Rated from 1- 5 (low to exceptional) on historic interest
Brownsea Island - 3.3 miles (Countryside)
Compton Acres - 4.5 miles (Garden)
Corfe Castle, St Edward the Martyr Church - 4.7 miles (Historic Church)
Corfe Castle - 4.7 miles (Castle)
Worth Matravers, St Nicholas Church - 5 miles (Historic Church)
Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum - 6.3 miles (Museum)
St Aldhelm's Chapel - 6.3 miles (Historic Church)
Christchurch Castle - 10 miles (Castle)
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