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This is St Andrew Church in the tiny hamlet of Winterborne Tomson, between Dorchester and Poole, in the county of Dorset, England.

The church is actually in a farm yard, and is rounded at one end.

We found this church through a book that was kindly given to us by George Swann.
Many thanks George, it has come in very handy.

Hand held single raw file processed in Adobe raw then CS3.

Hope you like it.
Thank you for looking.

Pentax K110D.
Pentax 18-55mm lens.

St Andrew’s is a delightful small Norman church with an apse at its east end, unaltered in its plan since the early 12th century. Built of local stone and flint, it has a tiny weatherboarded bell turret. Inside all is simple, bright and beautiful, with uneven limewashed walls and flagged floor. The wagon roof is unique in that it curves round the apse, with finely carved bosses where the oak ribs intersect. The greatest charm is provided by early 18th century oak fittings which were provided by William Wake, Archbishop of Canterbury, whose family lived nearby. The box pews, the pulpit, the screen, the communion rails and matching table, the font cover and the west door all date from his refurbishment. All the woodwork is of excellent local craftsmanship in oak and over the centuries has faded to a magical silvery grey. By the late 1920s the church was almost derelict and “given over to donkeys, dogs, pigs and fowls”. The Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings raised money for its repair by selling a collection of Thomas Hardy’s manuscripts. Hardy was an architect’s assistant in this part of Dorset, but this church does not seem to have featured in any of his works. The restoration work was supervised by the architect A R Powys, Secretary to the Society. It is thanks to him that this lovely church has survived, and in such a wonderfully unspoilt condition. A plaque in the church, beautifully cut by Reynolds Stone, commemorates Powys’s work.

Home page for the Churches Conservation Trust. [12/03/10]


  • Richard Hamilton-Veal
    Richard Hamilt...almost 5 years ago

  • naturelover
    natureloveralmost 5 years ago

    Well! not seen this one- very strange but quaint little Church- excellent work Richard x

  • Thank you Pauline.
    Its not far from you at all. A tiny little church. Worth a look if you are near it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • John Vriesekolk
    John Vriesekolkalmost 5 years ago

    Spooky but beautiful. The lighting is perfect Richard.

  • Many thanks John.
    Another one where I tried out an experimental processing and was pleased with the outcome.
    Glad you like it my friend..

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • AliceDoodles
    AliceDoodlesalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts Cee and Chris

  • Susan E. King
    Susan E. Kingalmost 5 years ago

    what an unusual little church

  • Thank you Sue.
    Yes, it is only a tiny one, but love the architecture of it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • Irene  Burdell
    Irene Burdellalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work Richard xx

  • Many thanks Irene.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • Kathryn Potempski
    Kathryn Potempskialmost 5 years ago

    oooooooo,this is good Richard.

  • Many thanks Kathryn.
    Glad you like it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • CJTill
    CJTillalmost 5 years ago

    Nice work Richard.

  • Many thanks CJ.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

  • CeePhotoArt
    CeePhotoArtalmost 5 years ago

    Your cohosts,
    Cee and Chris

  • jamesmhe
    jamesmhealmost 5 years ago

    superb image Richard

  • Many thanks James.
    Glad you like it.

    – Richard Hamilton-Veal

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