West Parley Church :: Shared Description

Grade II* Listed Church with 12th century nave. Restored 1896 and roof restored 1933. Box pews are from 1841. The parish records were lost in the Great Fire of Blandford in 1731 and more being destroyed in the Bristol Riots of 1829. It is likely there was a Saxon church here replaced in the 12th century (West Parley takes it name from the Saxon for Pear Tree Field). Research has shown that it is not aligned true east and west but points to where, prior to 1752, the sun would rise on All Saints Day. Outside the East Wall of the Church is seen a glazed and barred recess with the following inscription "Until 1896,when this Chancel was restored the Urn, said to have held the Heart of the Lady of Lydlinch who endowed this Church, lay under the stone on which it now stands". The Urn is 15" (38.1cm) high and 15" diameter. It is of 14 Century date. The practice of separate burial of the heart was common one in mediaeval times. The church bell is inscribed 'T. PYKE, B.WATER at Bridgewater, 1892'. In the Churchyard just to the right of the gate is a wooden stump with a sundial on top. This wood is from the gibbet at West Parley.
by Jo Turner
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SZ0896 : All Saints' Church, 54 Church Lane, West Parley by Jo Turner
SZ0896 : All Saints' Church, 54 Church Lane, West Parley by Jo Turner
SZ0896 : All Saints' Church, 54 Church Lane, West Parley by Jo Turner
SZ0896 : All Saints' Church, 54 Church Lane, West Parley by Jo Turner


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Created: Fri, 8 Mar 2019, Updated: Fri, 8 Mar 2019

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