Dorset 2011 – Whitchurch Canonicorum

The extended clan is just back from a week in Dorset. We stayed in the little hamlet of Whitchurch Canonicorum.

It’s home to the church of St Candida and Holy Cross – The Cathedral of the Marshwood Vale.
If you ignore (for now) this very tempting footpath…
…and wander round the church, you’ll find St Candida (St Wite)…
…and a number of other…
….interesting faces…
…and a priest’s sundial.
The interior doesn’t disappoint.
There’s a magnificent pulpit…
…with fantastic steps…

…Saxon roses…
…knitted penguins…
…and a purple trilby.
The heart of the church is the shrine of St Wite, which still contains her bones.
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