The motorist may hardly notice Winterborne Whitchurch if he is hurrying from Salisbury to Dorchester, but this little village was the birthplace of John Wesley's father and if that sounds too much like distant name dropping, I can also tell you that this place on the banks of the Winterborne was also the birthplace of Elizabethan George Turberville. Now, before you say 'who is he?' let me hasten to add that he was not only a scholar of Winchester College, at the age of 14 years, but went to the Empress of Russia's Court as secretary to Ambassador Thomas Randolph.

Yet this brilliant scholar and poet, who described the Russians as 'a people passing rude to vices vile inclined,' and wrote volumes on hunting, falconry, as well as sonnets and songs, is forgotten and so are his works.

The 15th century church has a unique pulpit, brought here from the old church demolished at Milton Abbas when Joseph Damer destroyed a whole village.

It appears that the pulpit from the old Milton Abbas church was not considered good enough for the new edifice, and when a fire seriously damaged Winterborne Whitchurch church in 1867, they borrowed the discarded pulpit. It had been plastered over and tarred to save it from rotting as it lay in a yard at Milton Abbey. A Rev. Wynne had it sent to London where experts restored it and added the figures of the four Apostles.

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