12 Aug The Architectural History of Wimborne Minster
The Architectural History of Wimborne Minster
Join us while we explore the architectural history of Wimborne Minster. Wimborne is a historic market town with a varied architectural history, from the 15th Century to Art Deco and modern housing developments in the surrounding areas. Some of the attractions are a miniature model of the town that is a copy of the town centre in the 1950’s, the Art Deco Tivoli theatre built in 1936 and saved from demolition in 1976, and the most famous building with centuries of history, Wimborne Minster.
Wimborne Minster is the church dedicated to St Cuthburga and was originally built in Saxon times, expanded on by the Normans in the 12th Century and renovated by the Victorians. The status of Minster is an honourable title given to a church that has regional importance to the Church of England and reflects the contribution they make to local communities. It is used today as the parish church for Wimborne and the nearby villages.
The exterior is clad in grey limestone and brown sandstone, the windows are arched with stone surrounds and have different formats. There are examples of lancet windows of various sizes and groupings. They are called lancet because they resemble a lance, a slender pointed arch as shown by the rows of 6 windows that surround the tower. The North Aisle, West Window and Nave and Chancel are examples of stained glass windows set in larger windows, and there are wider arched windows that have either 2 – 4 lancet windows inset. The brother of Alfred the Great is interred in the church, though the exact place is not known, and is commemorated with a brass plaque. There is a 14th century astronomical clock and a vaulted crypt with intricate arches
One of the most notable features of the church are the 17th century Chained Library, and yes, the books are chained to the shelves!
A couple of miles from Wimborne is Kingston Lacy, a country house and estate built in 1663. It is a Grade 1 Listed Building because it is of exceptional interest. Chilmark and Portland stone dressings were extensively used in its construction. Chilmark stone is a fine quality limestone used in restoration, and is only found at Chicksgrove Quarry in Wiltshire. There are various examples of different styles of windows throughout the house. The roof structure has dormer windows which project out beyond the pitched roof and these are often used to create more space within the attic. On the south facade in the basement there are eight casement windows. This is a window attached to the frame by side hinges and are either a single window or a pair. On each side of the ground and first floor are 9 sash windows, which are paned and have a moveable window. The different styles make this an elegant 17th century house that has many interesting architectural aspects
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