In these pages the name of Parson Barnes, rector, poet and student of the English language, has been mentioned countless times and it was as rector of Winterborne Came that he ended his days. In 1886, William Barnes at the age of 86 died peacefully in his sleep in the thatched rectory off the main Dorchester - Broadmayne road.

It is still a residence, caressed in neat thatch and cared for, with a beautiful garden. And on a visit to the rectory, made in the fading light of a spring evening. The yellowing sun warmed the walls of the cottages, the thick thatch casting a faint shadow on the pink washed walls. In the little wood, which shields it from the main road, dying daffodils drooped in the shadows.

A mile away, the little 13th century church with a paneled Jacobean pulpit keeps company with the 18th century Came House in a small wood. There is no more peaceful park in Dorset, (except for one day in late summer when it becomes the home of the Dorchester Agricultural Show), and Barnes lies in a simple grave beneath the church wall. Strange that this man of peace should be sharing his last resting place with two warriors of war.

Inside the church are memorials to Col. Dawson-Damor, who had two horses shot from beneath him at Waterloo, and there is a wooden cross from the grave of his kinsman, Seymour Dawson Damor, who fell in the 1914-18 War.

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