CHURCH RECORDERS NEWS – AUGUST 2017

The group has now finished recording, checking and typing Glanvilles Wootton Church.

In July we started recording the Parish Church of St. Laurence, Holwell (above).

Robert Le Brett donated the land for the Church to the abbots of Abbotsbury in 1322. It has been the site of Christian worship for at least 700 years.

The grandeur of the church illustrates the great wealth that existed in the area during the 15th century due to the importance of the local wool trade. This is the time when the Church consisting of Nave, North Aisle, South Chapel, West Tower and South Porch were built. It is built of coursed limestone rubble with ashlar dressings of the same material, probably from the local Marhnull quarries.

The Chancel was rebuilt in 1770 and again in 1885, when the organ chamber was added. Late Victorian work is in evidence in the rebuilt chancel, fittings and furnishings.

The initial listing of all the items has now been carried out and the 14 members have eagerly started recording the stonework, monuments, woodwork, textiles, windows, library paintings and metalwork.

New members are always welcome to join the group which meets on a Thursday at the Church 10.00am – 12noon.