Wareham (Lady St. Mary)
Church of Lady St. Mary, Wareham, Dorset from the
River Frome, 2014.
Lady St. Mary Church in Wareham can be found on the south side of the town near the River Frome and the causeway that leads to Stoborough and the Isle of Purbeck. The nave and aisles were rebuilt by Thomas Leverton Donaldson in the 1840s, unfortunately destroying a Saxon nave that had been assumed to be more recent attempt at Classical architecture.
Lady St. Mary was most likely the church near Wareham that William of Malmesbury claimed was founded by St Aldhelm (Bishop of Sherborne) in the 8th Century. In the later Saxon period, the church functioned as a minster. The church contains some Brittonic inscriptions, a Norman south chapel, and a 12th century lead font.
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Lead font, Lady St. Mary, Wareham.
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