The village has no church of its own, but shares the lovely building at Affpuddle, in whose parish it lies.  However, at the entrance to the Bladen Valley, part of Sir Ernest Debenham's pioneering village development, there is a superb war memorial executed by the renowned artist, Eric Gill, in 1916-18.

It is a tall slender structure in Portland stone, featuring the Virgin and Child and higher up on the other side, a shrouded Christ showing the stigmata and holding a reversed sword.  Girdling the base are these immortal words by Juliana of Norwich:

'It is sooth that sin is cause of all this pain
But all shall be well and all shall
be well and all manner of thing shall be well.'

Although clearly originally erected to record the names of the seven who fell in the First World War, it also now records a further six more who perished during the Second World War.

The design of this most striking monument has a resonance with medieval market crosses and is regarded as a major example of this most talented artist's work.  Gill was also an important graphic designer and his fonts are found in the majority of computers today.



The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©