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St Lawrence, Wynford Eagle, Dorset

(50°45′42″N, 2°35′36″W)
Wynford Eagle
SY 5823 9598
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
15 July 2013

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Wynford Eagle is a hamlet about seven miles NW from Dorchester. The church was entirely rebuilt in 1840, 500 yards N of the medieval one. The present building consists of a short polygonal chancel, a nave and a W porch. Fragments and furnishings from the earlier church are incorporated into the fabric, such as a very worn fragment of chevron moulding reused in S wall. Romanesque sculpture consists of an early 12thc tympanum reset outside the W wall and a reset capital in the S wall.


The Domesday Survey records that in 1066 ‘Wenfrote’ was held by Alstan of Boscombe; in 1086 it was under the lordship of William of Eu. The manor valued £19. In the early 12thc Richard de Aquila held Wynford Eagle, and the name of the village derives from him. Formerly the church was a chapel of Toller Fratrum.


Exterior Features

Exterior Decoration


Interior Features

Interior Decoration


Royal Commission on Historical Monuments, Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, vol. I: West, London 1952, 503, plate 7.

J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, London 2002, 269-70.