Netherbury is a small village by the River Brit about two miles S of Beaminster. The church lies to the N of the village, but nothing of the 12thc building survives except the font. The present building consists of a rubble-stone and ashlar structure featuring a nave with mid 14thc N and S arcades, early 15thc N and S aisles, a 15thc W tower of three stages, a 15thc chancel with a N vestry, an organ chamber added to the N in 1894 and a S porch rebuilt in 1848. The only Romanesque sculpture surviving is the font.
The Domesday Survey records that the very large manor of ‘Niderberie’ valued £24.5 and belonged to the bishop of Salisbury. In 1086 Godfrey, Serlo of Burcy, Tezelin and William also held it. There is no mention of a church.
|Depth of basin||0.215 m|
|Diameter of basin||0.605 m|
|Diameter of bowl||0.760 m|
|Height of base||0.460 m|
|Height of bowl||0.275 m|
|Height of plinth||0.125 m|
|Height (overall)||0.860 m|
Sir Stephen Glynne, Notes on some Dorset Churches Proceedings of the Dorset Natural History and Antiquarian Field Club, ed. by J. M. J. Fletcher, 45 (1923-4), 41-42.
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West, London 1952, 170-172.
The Buildings of England: Dorset, London 2002, 303-304.