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St Nicolas, Broadwey, Dorset

(50°39′0″N, 2°28′20″W)
SY 667 835
pre-1974 traditional (England and Wales) Dorset
now Dorset
medieval Salisbury
now Salisbury
  • Howard Austin Jones
19 July 2013

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The present building consists of a chancel rebuilt in neo-Norman style in 1874; a S aisle to chancel built 1902; a nave, rebuilt c.1834; a S aisle to nave and S porch of 1902, and a N aisle of 1815.

The re-used nave S door and the font are all that survive of the 12thc church.


Noted as ‘Wey’ in the Domesday Survey. The tennants-in chief were the Count of Mortain and the wife of Hugh fitzGrip (whose land paid geld for 4 and 6 hides). The tenants mentioned are Dodman (paid geld for 2 hides), Amund (geld for 4 hides) and Robert (geld for 4 hides), who held the land of the count; and Beorhtwine, who was the king's thegn, and who held this land in TRE (paid geld for 2 hides). There is no mention of a church.


Exterior Features


Interior Features

Interior Decoration





In auhor's opinion, some of the carving may have been done in situ. In the case of capitals, for example, it looks as though the blocks were inserted into the masonry and only then was the design applied.

Some lower parts of the label look renewed.


F. Arnold-Forster, Studies in Church Dedications or England’s Patron Saints, London 1899, III, 67.

N. Pevsner, revised by J. Newman, The Buildings of England, Dorset, London 2002, 115.

Royal Commission on Historical Monuments: Historical Monuments in the County of Dorset, Vol. II South-East (Part 2) (1970), 358-359.