Ryme Intrinseca

Church imageRyme Intrinseca

St. Hippolytus

This little church, another of Dorset's gems, tucked away in a village.  It shares the dedication with only one other church in England, near Hitchen in Hertfordshire.

The original church was built in 1292/3.  The chancel with its lancet windows and most of the nave, with another pair of lancets, survive.  However, the building was considerably altered in the 17c by the addition of a handsome tower with pinnacles and embattled parapet and a porch.  In the chancel and north nave wall, classical 17c windows were installed, one in the form of a trefoil, specifically to light the pulpit.

The simple wagon roof and the uninterrupted view of the chancel is most appealing.  The font cover is dated 1637 and the white and gold coloured organ is early 19c.




The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©

Sandford Orcas

Church imageSandford Orcas

St. Nicholas

The church of St. Nicholas stands next to a wonderful mellow 16c manor House.

This is a very old Christian site because the first known record of a building is from 1216 during the reign of Henry III (1207-72), who is regarded as one of the most cultured kings ever to have occupied the throne.  There may even have been an earlier church suggested by some 13c work found the 14c chancel.

The present building consists of a 15c south porch, a nave of uncertain vintage, a 15c ten foot square west tower and a north aisle with a vestry at the western end, added during a major Victorian restoration of 1871 by Henry Hall.  The south chapel is also 15c and is notable for its most attractive oak ceiling with moulded beams and square panels.

The round bowled font with continuous fluting is 13c.  The elaborate cover is later.



The Trust gratefully acknowledges images and text by Robin Adeney ©

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