The church of Cheselbourne is well worth a visit but beware of the hazardous car ride through a lane scarcely eight feet wide with a three feet drop into the fresh running stream.

Why the builders in 1295 set St. Martins on the slopes where they had to level the ground is a mystery, unless they wanted it to be near the Celtic fields which spread across the heart of Dorset to the Piddle valley. There is a tomb dole table near the main door, as well as preaching cross. The records recall that there is a plague pit where hundreds are buried. Brilliant white snowdrops now erase the memory of that horror.

The church tower was built 500 years ago and the worm-eaten timbers removed from the bell loft are stone-hard. The re-hung bells rang out again in 1981.

Amongst the many absorbing features in this simple church, the neat kneelers in royal blue are most impressive. All have individual tapestry designs in bright colors, one depicting young shepherds and a flock of sheep. The kneelers are the work of Cheselbourne women, and not all church members.

There are interesting sundials in the church. One is dated 1631 and another earlier dial is scratched onto the wall.

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