Ryme Intrinseca must have one of the oddest names in Dorset, which is saying a lot considering the competition. Sounding as though it should be the home of the Poet Laureate, but it is not the most beautiful village in Dorset. Actually the name means the in, or home, part of the Ryme manor as opposed to the out part, once called Extrinsica.

The one interesting fact is that the church, which dates back to the 13th century, is dedicated to St. Hypolite and there are only two such churches in all England. Hypolite was born in 170 AD. I can tell you that he was the gaoler in charge of St. Lawrence, and the example set by this man during his imprisonment so impressed Hypolite, that he became converted to the Christian faith. Hypolite became Bishop of Ostia near Rome, but was anti-Papal and was martyred in the year 236 AD.

The chancel and nave are basically from the 13th century, but architecturally the most interesting features lie in the unusual 17th century work which includes the east window and most of the windows in the nave, (including the little trefoil placed high to light the pulpit). Also from the early 17th century is the tower, with its intricate profile caused by the projecting stairway. There is an alms dish in the church which was lost in 1873 and found its way back to Dorset from Bideford in Devon in 1938.

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