Sunday, April 5, 2015

Winterborne Clenston. The Church of St. Nicholas.

Winterborne Clenston is a small village and civil parish in Dorset, England.
Winterborne Clenston, which retains the status of a parish, comprises a perfect cluster of old buildings, around a 16th-century manor house, in a suitably tranquil setting. St Nicholas Church at Clenston, designed by Lewis Vulliamy in 1840, features a stone relief trophy-of-arms set above the porch, which seems to have been inspired by the previous year’s Eglinton tournament. In design and setting it is the perfect church of the imagination and, for me, the dead-ringer of a Christmas cake decoration from the 1950s.
The parish church of St Nicholas dates from 1840. It is built in bands of stone and flint and has a spire on top of a narrow tower. It stands alone above the Winterborne on the site of an earlier church.
The Church of St. Nicholas was rebuilt in 1840 by Mrs. Michel. It is an edifice of flint and Portland stone in the Perpendicular style (most commonly built between 1375 – 1530+). The building consists of a chancel, a nave, a western porch and square western tower with a spire, containing one bell. The register has been microfilmed by the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter Day Saints (1731-1880).

Photo of 16 Nov 2013 15:18.
I saw this church for the first time in the autumn of 2013 and all the time I wanted to go back there again.

The small church was used for the wedding scene at the end of a 1996 film version of Jane Austen's Emma.

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