Friday, April 15, 2011
St James, Longburton, Dorset
I met up with Marion for a circular tour from Sherborne in Dorset. The day was bright and largely sunny, the light brightening the honey-coloured stone. However it was not warm, as a brisk northerly wind took the edge of the temperatures and at times made the day feel cold.
The first church we came to was St James at Longburton. From outside it looks fairly ordinary, a restored nave and chancel of the C15 and an earlier EE tower with a C17 top stage. Walking around outside a C19 north aisle was spotted as well as an early C17 north chapel. Never judge a church by its cover though. Inside again, nothing too much it seems to detain you long; over the south door an unusual Royal Arms dated 1662 with a three sided top and three little finials.