Charborough (Former Church of St. Mary)

Charborough Church

St Mary's Church, Almer, Dorset: stained-glass window depicting the former Parish Church of St. Mary', Charborough Park

As Pevsner wrote:

A Gothick toy behind ... [Charborough] house, at the foot of a staircase up to a terrace. The church was built by Thomas Erle Drax in 1775. Two bays only, an obelisk bell-turret and obelisk pinnacles. Unmedieval angle pilasters, windows with cusped Y-tracery, and a cottagey open W porch. Before entering one expects a dainty white stucco interior. Instead one is stunned by big dark wooden spoils from Continental countries everywhere. They hardly leave you enough space to take them in individually. The transormation was made in 1837 by John Sawbridge Erle Drax.

St Mary's is no longer a parish church; it now seems to be a private chapel belonging to Charborough House and is not open to the public.


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