The ChurchThe church is very close to that of Donhead St Mary, even though both parishes cover a large area. The reason dates back to when they were under the control of Shaftesbury Abbey. It seems the abbey officials did not want to travel too far when inspecting their parishes! John Godfrey, our rector 1954 - 1979, believed that our church is the older of the two.
The church includes older material. There is a Saxon doorway, by the chancel that was rebuilt by the Victorians. There is a small piece of mediaeval glass in the East Window. The roof to the nave is supported by a row of delicately carved angels (bring binoculars to see these well!). One of the monuments is to a captain who fought at the Battle of Trafalgar. He was Captain John Cooke of the Bellerophon. Also look out for the moving mediaeval sculpture of the face of Christ, thought to be unique in England, lined with sorrow.
The Friends of Donhead St Andrew have recently been constituted to support the church, which is seen to play an important role in the life of the village, for churchgoers and non-churchgoers. We are always happy to welcome new members!
The BellsWe have four bells. The oldest dates from about 1425 and was cast by John Walgrave of London. It is inscribed: "Sancta Katerina ora pro nobis" (Saint Catherine pray for us) and is a beautiful bell. They are hung in a wooden frame. There is a small gap in the centre, and it has been surmised (*) that this was left to insert another bell. However, this idea is a little fanciful, as there is not enough room. (* H B Walters, "The Church Bells of Wiltshire")
|Treble||4-0-20||D||1953||Mears & Stainbank, London|
|Second||5-0-21||C||1713||John Wallis, Salisbury|
|Third||6-3-16||B||c. 1425||John Walgrave, London|
|Tenor||8-0-1||A||1831||Wasborough Hale & Co, Bristol|
|* Weight is in hundredweight (cwt), quarters (qtr) and pounds (lb)|
|The treble was recorded by H B Walters at the start of the 20th century as having the inscription: "MR CHRISR MAISH & ROBT MERCER CH WDS C (bell) W" This inscription is not on the recast bell.|
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