Sherborne (Abbey Church of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
Sherborne (Abbey Church
of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
- John Hutchins, The history and antiquities of the County of
Dorset, 3rd ed., edited by William Shipp and James Whitworth Hodson.
Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols, 1861-75.
- R. Willis, Sherborne Minster. Archaeological Journal, Vol. 22,
1865, pp. 176-199.
- M.M.C. Calthrop, The Abbey of Sherborne. In: William Page, (ed.),
The Victoria history of the County of Dorset, Vol. 2. London:
Archibald Constable, 1908, pp. 62-70.
- W.B. Wildman, Life of St. Aldhelm: first Bishop of Sherborne.
Chapman & Hall, 1905.
- W.B. Wildman, A short history of Sherborne from 705 AD, 4th ed.
Sherborne: Abbey Bookshop, 1930.
- Joseph Fowler, The stones of Sherborne Abbey. 1938.
- Arthur Mee, ed., Dorset: Thomas Hardy's Country. The King's
England. London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1939, pp. 212-224.
- Joseph Fowler, Medieval Sherborne. Dorchester: Longmans,
- Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, England, An inventory of
the historical monuments in the County of Dorset., Vol. 1, West
Dorset. London: HMSO, 1952, pp. xlvii-l, 200-209.
- H.P.R. Finberg, Sherborne, Glastonbury, and the expansion of Wessex.
Transactions of the Royal Historical Society, 3rd ser., Vol. 3,
1953, pp. 101-124.
- H.M. Taylor and J. Taylor, Anglo-Saxon architecture.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1956, Vol. II, pp. 540-543.
- John Newman and Nikolaus Pevsner, Dorset. The Buildings of
England. Harmondsworth: Penguin, 1971, pp. 368-377.
- J.H.P Gibb, Interim report of excavations carried out at the west end
of Sherborne Abbey. Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and
Archaeological Society, Vol. 93, 1971, pp. 205-210.
- J.H.P. Gibb, The Anglo-Saxon cathedral at Sherborne. Archaeological
Journal, Vol. 132, 1975, pp. 71-110.
- Walter Leeds, Wells Cathedral & Sherborne Abbey. Gesta, Vol.
- Michael Lapidge and Michael Herren, (trans.), Aldhelm, the prose
works. Cambridge: Brewer; Totowa, N.J.: Rowman & Littlefield,
- Katherine Barker, The early Christian topography of Sherborne.
Antiquity, Vol. 54, 1980, pp. 229-231.
- J.H.P. Gibb, The book of Sherborne. Barracuda Books, 1981.
- Katherine Barker, Early ecclesiastical settlement in Dorset: a note on
the topography of Sherborne, Beaminster and Wimborne Minster.
Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Archaeological
Society, Vol. 102, 1982, pp. 107-112.
- Katherine Barker, Sherborne in Dorset: an early ecclesiastical
settlement and its estate. Anglo-Saxon Studies in Archaeology and
History, 3. Oxford: BAR, 1982.
- Katherine Barker, The early history of Sherborne. In: Susan M. Pearce,
(ed.), The early church in western Britain and Ireland. BAR British
Series, 102. Oxford: BAR, 1982, pp. 77-116.
- Michael Lapidge and James L. Rosier, (trans.), Aldhelm, the poetic
works. Cambridge: Brewer, 1985.
- M.A. O'Donovan, (ed.), Charters of Sherborne. Anglo-Saxon
charters, 3. Oxford: Oxford University Press for the British Academy,
- Dorset Historic Churches Trust, Dorset churches. Dorchester:
Dorset Historic Churches Trust, 1988, p. 42.
- J.H.P. Gibb, The fire of 1437 and the rebuilding of Sherborne Abbey.
Journal of the BAA, Vol. 138, 1985, pp. 101-124.
- J.H.P. Gibb, The battle of the fonts and the fire in Sherborne
Abbey. Typescript, n.d.
- Michael Hope, Dorset. In: Stephen C. Humphrey, ed., Blue guide:
churches and chapels of southern England. London: Black; New York:
Norton, 1991, pp. 195-198.
- John Betjeman, Sir John Betjeman's guide to English parish
churches, revised and updated by Nigel Kerr. London: HarperCollins,
1993, p. 184.
- Claudius J.P. Beatty, Thomas Hardy: conservation architect. His
work for the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings.
Dorchester: Dorset Natural History and Archaeological Society, 1995, pp.
- Alan Miller, The monasteries of Dorset. Bournemouth: Albemarle
Books, 1999, pp. 173-193.
- Janet Backhouse, The Sherborne missal. London: British Library,
- Simon Jenkins, England's thousand best churches. London:
Allen Lane, the Penguin Press, 1999, pp. 160-161.
- Linda Monckton, The late medieval rebuilding of Sherborne Abbey: a
reassessment. Architectural History, 43, 2000, 88-112.
- Janet Backhouse, Medieval birds in the Sherborne missal.
London: British Library, 2001.
Current guidebooks (as of early 1999):
- J.H.P. Gibb, Sherborne Abbey, 2nd ed. Sherborne: Friends of
Sherborne Abbey, 1989. ISBN 0-9511782-3-7.
- A revised edition of a guidebook first published in 1971
(and often reprinted) but based on earlier guides. Other books that are
currently on sale in Sherborne Abbey include illustrated guides to the
stained glass, fan vaulting and medieval scuptures (for details, see
below). A variety of other publications can also be purchased. These
include Gibb's typescript account of the battle of the fonts and the 1437
fire, and reprints of his 1975 article on the Saxon cathedral that was
published in the Archaeological Journal.
- J.H.P. Gibb, Fan vaults and medieval sculpture of Sherborne
Abbey. Sherborne: Friends of Sherborne Abbey, n.d.
- J.H.P. Gibb and John Hayward, The stained glass of Sherborne
Abbey. Sherborne: Friends of Sherborne Abbey, n.d. [ca. 1998].
Sherborne Abbey contains a peal of eight bells, a sanctus bell, and a
fire-bell. The peal is the heaviest ring of eight in the World. The tenor
weighs 46 cwt. (46-0-5 in Bb) and - at least according to its
inscription (which probably dates from it's re-casting in 1670) - was the
gift of Cardinal Wolsey, although the bell has since been recast three
times - most recently in 1934.
The Fire-Bell is unusual, and has an interesting incription. There is
an illustration of it in the article by Walters (p. 98).
|Treble: ||G. Mears founder London. Lord let the folk below
resound in living song Thy praise, as we do now with iron tongue August
18th. 1858|| |
|Second: ||G. Mears founder London. We hang here to record that
the Choir was restored In the year of our Lord 1858.|| |
|Third: ||W. M. CAST. F.R.S. THO. GARD ME RA. 1652 Recast by
John Warner & Sons Ltd
1903||First cast by
Robert Austen II, 1652. Recast by Warner & Sons, 1903.|
|Fourth: ||Peace & plenty is the wish of Thomas Thorne & Samuel
Jeffrey Chwardens 1803. Thomas &
James Bilbie Chewstocke Somerset fecit.||Cast by Thomas and James Bilbie of
|Fifth: ||Bartholomew Watts : and : Sweet Hart : Churchwardens
1787. Be meek & lowly to hear the word of God. William Bilbie Chewstoke
Somerset fecit||Cast by
William Bilbie of Chewstoke|
|Sixth: ||G. Mears founder London 1858|| |
|Seventh: ||R.A. CAMPANA. DOMINE. IOHN WHETCOMB IOHN COOTH
WARDENS. 1653 William Hector Lyon M.A. Vicar. Mark Parsons
Frederick Bennet, Churchwardens Recast by John Warner & Sons
Ltd 1903||First cast by Robert Austen II, 1653.
Recast by Warner & Sons, 1903.|
|Tenor: ||By Wolsey's gift I measure time for all. To mirth : To
Grieffe : To Church : I serve to call. Gustavus Horne, Walter Pride,
Churchwardens This bell was new cast by me Thomas Purdey Oct the
20th 1670||This bell was recast by John Warner &
Sons in 1865, and again by Mears and Stainbank in 1934.|
|Sanctus: ||+ Sta. Maria ora pro nobis||Gibb, in the Abbey guide book, suggests
that this bell is from a Bristol foundry, ca. 1350.|
|Fire-Bell: ||+ Lord qvench the fvrious flame | aris, run, help put
out the same. I W I G + 1653 R.A.||Cast by Robert Austen II, 1653.|
- J.J. Raven, The Church Bells of Dorset. Proceedings of the Dorset
Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, Vol. 25, 1904, pp.
- J.J. Raven, The Church Bells of Dorset. Proceedings of the Dorset
Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, Vol. 27, 1906, pp. 111,
131-135 [by W.B. Wildman].
- H.B. Walters, Dorset Church Bells. Proceedings of the Dorset
Natural History and Archaeological Society, Vol. 60, 1938, pp. 98,
Sherborne Abbey: Ruins of arch formerly linking the Abbey Church with the parish church of All Hallows, May 2007.
Sherborne Abbey: Carving of lion on the south side of the choir, May 2007.
Sherborne Abbey: Norman (?) carving high above the nave crossing, May 2007.
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