Church of St Nicholas and St Magnus

St Nicholas' Church
St Nicholas' Church
Inside St Nicholas' Church
Inside St Nicholas' Church

This church was a normal little church with the usual amount of local history attached to it until it was hit by a fleeing German bomber in WW2.

Once rebuilt, the stained glass was not replaced – instead a series of spectacular engraved glass windows were created by Laurence Whistler. Not only are the windows themselves world famous and a sight to see in their own right but the transformation of the inside into a place of light and space is magical.

I will not tell you everything but leave most of it for you to discover for yourselves. The history of the church is told in guide books available in the nave together with photographic plates of the windows – themselves difficult to film in normal light.

To find the church, park in the road near the Tea Rooms or in the Gardens car park, but avoid parking on the bend in the road. Walk through the white ‘Dorset Gate’ and down the peaceful drive of Moreton House for 50 metres (about the same distance in yards!!) and the church will appear on a small knoll to your right.

Church window from outside
Church window from outside
Church window from inside
Church window from inside

Lawrence’s funeral was held here, and the Tea Rooms has some enlarged photos of the entourage. He is, however, buried in the new Church Yard near the entrance to the Gardens. Have a look at the Tea Rooms photographs, some of which you can just see from the photo of the Lawrence Room on the page on this site, and compare what was then to what you see now. Can you spot the big difference?

Please note that the various spellings of Lawrence and Laurence are deliberate. Those of you called Lawrence or Laurence will understand!!

For information regarding St Nicholas Church please contact The Revd Jacqueline Ann Birdseye Tel: (01305) 854046

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