St John The Baptist Church
St John The Baptist Church
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Joan L
London, UK189 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Friends
The small Church of St John the Baptist is definitely worth a visit and has been traced back to Norman times. The South Aisle known as the Turberville Chapel is referred to in Thomas Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles.

There are quaint carvings on the pillars on the south side. One of a man with toothache, and one with a headache, a monkey, a dog baiting a bull etc. There are also carved pew ends, all of which are different.

There is a magnificent carved and painted oak roof dated about 1485, given by Cardinal Morton, Archbishop of Canterbury in 1486 in memory of his mother. On each side projection is the life size figures of twelve Apostles carved in oak and painted.

The Chancel roof is decorated with ten angels. The Font has been in use for over 850 years. The Tower is dated around 1500 and contains six bells.

Very well worth a visit with its connections with King John, Henry VII and Thomas Hardy.
Written October 8, 2016
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Roger A
Bere Regis, UK36 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017
One of Dorset's best kept secrets. The interior roof is stunning. A medieval masterpiece of the woodcarvers art. Twelve life size apostles given by Cardinal John Morton, Chancellor to Henry 7th and Archbishop of Canterbury in the fifteenth century. Also made famous in fiction in Hardy's Tess of the D'Urbervilles. Not to be missed if visiting Dorset.
Written August 27, 2017
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Mike W
Weymouth, UK317 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
One of the lesser known beauties of Dorset this church dates back to Norman times and even has traces of Saxon stonework. The church is known mainly for its unique wooden roof in the nave with the fantastic carvings and the carved pew ends and more stone carvings round some of the pillars. There are connections with King John and Henry VII and a literary connection with Thomas Hardy as here are to be found the tombs of the Turnberville family - or as they were named in his novel "d'Urberville".

There is a small carpark nearby and also the post office and a couple of pubs for those who need some refreshment.
Written July 27, 2017
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Fiddlin-Steve
Dorset, UK1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Family
I will not attempt to better the two previous reviews as I would say they sum up this lovely church,already. I am very priviledged to have lived in this fantastic village for more than 10 years so some may feel that I have a vested interest. I would like to state clearly that I have no financial interest,whatsoever, in any of the businesses I am about to mention.
In addition to our convenience store and our Post Office we have 2 excellent pub/restaurant/coffee-stops located literally within a 2 minute walk. The village is a brilliant central location for those wishing to explore the wider delights and attractions of Dorset and we boast several excellent B&B's close at hand and also a very nice campsite close by. SEEK AND YE SHALL FIND.
Written May 21, 2017
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ventdusud2
Poole, UK39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Friends
Its a historic church going back over a thousand years. Notable for its connection to the works of Thomas Hardy, its full of history and interest. If you can take one of the guided tours as stated on the website its well worth it and your donation helps keep the church going.
Written April 1, 2017
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Valerie H
Bournemouth, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2022
What a lovely roof in this church well worth a visit. We were stopping in Bere Regis to break our journey and find 2 geo caches.
Written September 15, 2022
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DorsetMichael
Dorset61 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
We love going to the family service here. The junior church group, ably assisted by wonderful seniors (!) control the service with awesome puppet shows to backing tracks of Elvis Presley songs converted to something spiritual, it’s great fun!!
Peace and love
Alec
Written February 20, 2020
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purplegoffer
Great Malvern, UK137 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2019 • Friends
This is a beautiful church well worth a visit. Lots to see, plenty of interesting capital heads. Attractive setting too with several good beer pubs within walking distance.
Written September 28, 2019
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BevTownson
Bere Regis, UK3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2018 • Solo
so lucky to live locally and experience the beauty and history of this church. Beautiful wood carvings if the Apostles in the roof. Full of history.
Written January 6, 2019
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Andrew M
10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018 • Friends
This is a Dorset hidden gem. The wooden roof is unique and dates from 1485. The tombs of the Turbervilles are here (sound familiar?)
Written October 19, 2018
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