Monday, April 6, 2015

St. Nicholas's Church, Winterborne Clenston.

The church was built in 1840 (by Mrs. Michel) in the Gothic style to the designs of Lewis Vulliamy, replacing a smaller and plainer building which was demolished. The plan is cruciform, with a tower and spire above the W. porch.

The W. side of the lower stage is decorated with a cinquefoil-headed panel in a gabled surround with pinnacled side standards and a fleur-de-lis finial; within the surround is a trophy-of-arms in high relief, probably of Coade stone; the trophy is suggestive of the Eglinton Tournament of 1839 and probably was inspired by that event.

The building consists of a chancel, a nave, a western porch and square western tower with a spire, containing one bell.
Bell: one, by Thomas Mears, 1840, "one small modern bell in the turret of a modern church"

Edmund Morton Mansel-Pleydell was born (in Tangier, Morocco) on the 23rd December 1886, the son of Lt. Col. Edmund Morton Mansel-Pleydell (late 12th Lancers) and Emily Kathleen Grove. The family lived at Whatcombe. He was educated at Durnford School, Langton Matravers (1896), Wellington College (1900) and, finally, Sherborne School (1903-05). He was killed while attached to 3rd Bn., Worcestershire Regiment in an attack on Spanbroek Mill near Kemmel (West-Vlaanderen) on the 12 March 1915.

In the chancel is a handsome stained window: there are brasses to Capt. H. Mansell-Pleydell, erected by his brother officers, and to the late J. C. Mansel-Pleydell esq. and at the entrance to the churchard is a fine marble cross, erected to Capt. Pleydell by his parents: the church was reseated in 1901: there are 150 sittings.

Church organ.

1. Celtic Cross. Grave of John Clavell Mansel-Pleydell, of Whatcombe House, 1817-1902, eldest son of Col. Mansel of Smedmore.
Graveyard with Mansel-Pleydell graves.
2. Grave of Henry Bingham Morton Mansel-Pleydell, died 1886.
“Captain H. B. M Mansel-Pleydell, of the 1st Battalion Royal Fusiliers, died at his father’s residence on February 21, from the effects of typhoid fever. He was the third and youngest son of Mr. J. C. Mansel-Pleydell of Whatcombe, Dorset. He joined the army in 1874, and served in the Mounted Infantry during the Egyptian Campaign of 1882.”

Four brothers who gave their lives for this country.
Twins Evan Morton Mansel-Pleydell died Lucknow, India 1910.
John Moton Mansel-Pleydell died Amiens 1916.

Edmund Morton Mansel-Pleydell died Flanders age 28 1915.
Henry Grove Mansel-Pleydell died Nr Thiepval aged 21 1916.

Memorial in St Nicholas Churchyard.

The river only flows overground during the winter, hence the name. It flows through a number of villages with a first name of "Winterborne" - A winterbourne is a stream or river that is dry through the summer months. R. Winterborne joins the River Stour.

Tithe Barn at Winterborne Clenston.
An important Grade I Listed C16 tithe barn that was built reusing an older C15 roof. Significantly it is the roof which currently seems to be causing the structural problems that has given rise to the 'Dangerous Structure' warning notice.

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