The tiny hamlet of Chalbury amongst the trees in the deep
narrow roads near Horton should not be confused with Chalbury Hillfort
near Weymouth. The church stands so prominently that Hutchins, the
county historian recorded.
'A very high Elm tree standing by the church was used as a
landmark because it could be seen from the Channel and might be
plainly discerned from the hills that lie above Yarmouth in the Isle
The elm tree was broken in a storm in 1703. Remarkable views are
however still available from three sides of the church with Horton tower
prominent. The little church itself is white-washed with a red tile
roof, and although the chancel and parts of the nave are 13th century
the overall impression is 18th century.