Mr E’s family originally hales from Dorset. To be more precise from Puddletown and Tolpuddle. We believe that he shares a common ancestor with James Hammett one of the Tolpuddle Martyrs.
The church of St Mary at Puddletown where we have the strongest family connection was a complete delight
with high backed pews
which you can see from above by mounting some rickety rackety steps to the organ gallery
a restored chapel has this lovely stone tomb
From here we went to the church of St John the Evangelist in Tolpuddle
where James Hammett is buried
Thanks for stopping by. Linking in with Inspired Sunday
Lots more churches to share next time from our little expedition in Dorset.
We had a wonderful few days in Dorset last week, when it was nearly summer and the days were hot and sublime.
There was a day at Bournemouth on the beach with
Master T and
and Mr T and little Miss F , Mrs T and yours truly- note the crochet flower on hat!!
A day in the New Forest
and picnic time– give a man a stove outside and he will make coffee, heat soup…
Here is the Rufus stone
and here the Knightwood Oak , 500 years old
The Forest still has a magical quality despite all the cars, goodness knows what it would be like in July and August.
We visited the Tolpuddle Martyrs museum- more of them tomorrow
I can’t tell you just how pretty Dorset is, here’s trying with one picture
Then onto Weymouth, a busy little harbour
Final stop was Dorcester (Casterbridge for all Thomas Hardy fans)seen here from
the iron age fort of Maiden Castle.
Lots of churches to share and some random pics to come. Hope you all have a great bank holiday weekend. Great to go away but good to be home.