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Cerne Abbas Church
50.809521° N, 2.475497° W
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1300 constructed

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    by Holly Hayes
    October 27, 2011

    The exterior of the church has a variety of interesting gargoyles and carvings, including a friendly open-mouthed gargoyle near the entrance. This is the chimney outlet for a fireplace in the priest's room. Above the west door is a stone carving of the Madonna and Child, one of few such statues to escape destruction by Oliver Cromwell. The tower and its gargoyles were added in the late 15th century. The oldest part of the church is the chancel, which dates from the early 14th century. All the walls of the original church were once painted in bright colors. continue reading →

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Holly Hayes
October 8, 2013
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July 11, 2014

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