Monday, 27 September 2010

St MARY'S CHURCH - SIXPENNY HANDLEY - DORSET

St Mary's Church - Sixpenny Handley - Dorset

A view of the embattled square tower of St Mary's Church at Sixpenny Handley in Dorset.
The belfry contains three bells.

The church is of mainly Gothic architecture and has a sturdy porch built of stone with a brick interior.
Inside the main area of the church you will see a splendid wooden beamed roof and a font from the early 12th century with straight supports on each corner.

The name Sixpenny Handley comes from SEXPENCE (Hill of the Saxons) and HEAN-LEAH (High wood clearing).

1 comment:

Colin Griffiths said...

That's a nice image. These days, churches are often just lost amongst the jumble of village buildings with their TV aerials and satellite dishes. We forget how impressive a focal point a church would have been amidst the medieval hovels and single story houses. I can imagine the village peasant looking up in awe at that tower.