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St Gabriel, Morecombelake, Dorset

(50°44′26″N, 2°50′41″W)
SY 4049 9380
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
01 Aug 2013

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Feature Sets

The present chapel was built in 1841 to replace a medieval chapel, the ruins of which lie just under a mile to the NNE. The church guide states that the font was brought from that old chapel.


Stanton St Gabriel, the parish in which Morecombelake is sited, was noted as ‘Stantone’ in Domesday Book. There is no mention of a church. The original chapel was a chapel of Whitchurch Canonicorum.


Exterior Features



Pevsner states that the font belongs to the Norman period; the RCHM says that it is of doubtful antiquity. It is certainly Romanesque in form; however, but for the fact it is reputed to have come from the old chapel, there is nothing in its appearance that would suggest it is anything other than of 1841.


J. Newman and N. Pevsner, The Buildings of England: Dorset, New Haven and London 2002, 297.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. I: West (1952) 223.