Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 2 - South
Royal Commission on Historical Monuments of England survey of
very large parish of Bere Regis covering 8,312 acres lies 10 m.
E.N.E. of Dorchester on the N. edge of the S. Dorset heathland.
The whole of the S. half of the parish is rolling heathland, over
Bagshot Beds, lying between 50 ft. and 200 ft. above O.D., across
which the river Frome cuts obliquely from N.W. to S.E. The middle
part is largely occupied by Reading Beds and London Clay which
give rise to extensive woodland. The N. part of the parish is
on Chalk rising to just over 300 ft. above O.D. and in places
cut into by dry valleys draining into the Milborne Brook, which
crosses this part of the parish to join the Piddle in the S.E.
parish was, until recently, much larger and included the old settlement
of Milborne Stileham and its land to the N., now incorporated
within Milborne St. Andrew parish.
appear to have been three original settlements within the parish,
Shitterton, Bere Regis itself and Doddings Farm, all along the
Milborne Brook on the edge of the Chalk outcrop. Late settlements
to the S. of the original nuclei took the form of small farms
on the heathland, all along the Piddle. These, such as Chamberlayne's
Farm, Hyde House, Philliols Farm and Stockley Farms, are all first
recorded in the mid 13th to mid 14th centuries.
Regis was always by far the most important settlement, perhaps
as a result of its royal connection (Hutchins I, 136), and it
was made into a free borough by Edward I. It remained for long
an important market town, though severe fires in the 17th, 18th
and 19th centuries have left it with no domestic buildings older
than c. 1600. Many of the 17th and 18th-century houses in the
village were built as small farmhouses, the lands of which lay
in open fields on the Chalk to the N.; the latter were not enclosed
until 1846 (Enclosure Map and Award, in D.C.R.O.; see also Map
of Bere Regis, 1775, D.C.R.O.).
parish church and the hill-fort on Woodbury Hill are the principal
monuments. The site of the royal house built by King John has
not been identified.
The Parish Church of St. John the Baptist stands in the village.
The walls are of various materials, Portland and Purbeck stone
ashlar in the chancel, flint, limestone rubble and squared Portland
with some rough alternate coursing in the nave and N. aisle, flint
with lacing-courses of carstone and brick in the S. aisle, and
predominantly flint and Portland stone in chequer pattern in the
W. tower. The roofs are covered with stone slates and with lead.
John's Church, Bere Regis: Architectural Development
position and size of the openings, excepting of those that survive,
the width of the S. aisle and the plan of the chancel prior to
the 15th century are conjectural.)
evidence survives to show that the present building incorporates
the remains in situ of a cruciform church of c. 1050: these comprise
the E. bay of the N. wall of the Nave, containing an archway,
subsequently reformed, which opened into a N. transept, and possibly
the N. and S. extremities of the E. wall of the nave. In c. 1100
altar recesses were formed flanking the earlier chancel arch;
of these, the base of the S. respond of the S. recess alone remains.
In c. 1160 the nave was enlarged by rebuilding the S. wall somewhat
further to the S.; included in the new S. wall was an arcade,
which survives, opening to an added S. aisle. The old S. transept
though thus truncated was in all probability retained. In c. 1200
an arcade of three bays, which also survives, opening to an added
N. aisle, was formed in the N. wall of the nave of c. 1050, the
wall co-extensive with it being entirely rebuilt. At much the
same time the arches of the S. arcade, above the capitals, were
rebuilt. In the early 13th century the old opening between the
nave and the N. transept was reformed and thereafter the nave
and aisles were extended one bay to the W. In the 14th century
the standing North and South Aisles were completely rebuilt wider,
the width of the N. aisle presumably being made uniform with the
depth of the older N. transept. The previous truncation of the
S. transept precluded similar uniformity on the S.; this transept
was therefore demolished and the space included in the new aisle,
an enlarged archway being formed in eastward extension of the
S. nave arcade of c. 1160. At the same time the chancel arch was
the 15th century a notable improvement of the church was begun.
Money for the repair of the Chancel was being collected in 1450
and soon thereafter it was completely rebuilt. The upper parts
of the nave walls were rebuilt to contain clearstorey windows
and by c. 1500 the nave roof was framed and the West Tower built.
Cardinal Morton by his will proved in 1500 founded a chantry in
the church for twenty years, and for it doubtless the old N. transept
was rebuilt, for this end of the N. aisle is by tradition the
Morton Chapel; the rebuilding provided an E. bay uniform with
the rest of the N. aisle in place of the lofty and no doubt archaic
early transept. The E. end of the S. aisle is traditionally the
Turberville Chapel; John Turberville by his will of 1535 desired
to be buried 'in my own aisle before the image of Our Blessed
Lady, in one of the tombs wherein Sir Richard and Sir Robert Turberville
my ancestors hath been buried'. He also directed that the E. window
of the aisle be newly made and newly glazed as soon after his
death as convenient: no doubt the elaborate 16th-century E. window
in the S. wall is the outcome (Plate 32). In 1760 the more easterly
end of the S. aisle was badly burned and in part rebuilt in flint
with brick lacing-courses.
South Porch was rebuilt in 1875. At this time the church was very
extensively restored at a cost of some £7000 by Messrs.
Hale and Son of Salisbury under the direction of G. E. Street,
R.A.; the clerk of works was J. Redden. The 15th-century tracery
of the reset late 13th-century E. window was removed and new tracery
inserted; the wall over the S. nave arcade was rebuilt, the tilting
piers and arches being levered back to the vertical, and the greater
part of the N. and W. walls of the N. aisle were reconstructed,
retaining the old features. The E. end wall of the S. aisle was
in part rebuilt, incorporating a new window in the 14th-century
style in replacement of one of five four-centred and transomed
lights in a square head of the 16th century; the nave and S. aisle
floors, which had been raised level with that of the N. aisle
in 1830, were again lowered; the nave roof was repaired; the chancel,
S. aisle and tower roofs were renewed, and extensive alterations
were made in the fittings. (A copy of G. E. Street's plan of the
church, showing the rebuilding proposed, and photographs before
and during restoration are in the Commission's archives together
with miscellaneous correspondence, early guides, etc. See also
Hutchins I, 150–4; British Arch. Assocn. Journ., XXVIII
(1872), 289–95, 400–1; Building News, 21 May 1869,
22 October 1875, 30 April 1909; Dorset Procs. VIII (1887), 49;
E. Venables, Historical Sketch of Bere Regis, etc. (Dorchester,
Regis church is of some note architecturally and of interest for
an involved structural development extending from the mid 11th
century to modern times. The tower is among the more imposing
late Gothic towers in the county; the nave roof of c. 1500 is
remarkable, and the early 16th-century recessed canopied table-tombs
belong to an interesting group of locally made monuments that
had a wide distribution.
Description—The Chancel (32½ ft. by 17 ft.) has a
chamfered plinth and diagonal buttresses in two stages. The gable
of the E. wall is a modern rebuilding; it has a stone coping.
The N. and S. walls finish in simple eaves. The tracery of the
three-light E. window is of 1875 but the reset jambs, mullions,
chamfered rear arch and moulded label with head-stops of a man
and a woman are of the late 13th century; internally the splays
and mullions have engaged shafts with moulded capitals and bases.
In the N. wall are three late 15th-century windows each of three
cinque-foiled lights with vertical tracery in a two-centred head
with a moulded label finished with head-stops and with a hollow-chamfered
rear arch; the westernmost reveal has been in part cut back for
a squint from the Morton Chapel. The S. wall contains three windows
similar to those opposite, also with the westernmost reveal cut
back for a squint, and a late 15th-century doorway with a moulded
two-centred head enriched with paterae; the mouldings are continued
down the jambs to chamfered stops; the label has carved head-stops.
Of the two squints, the N. is roughly cut and of indeterminate
date; the S., probably in part of the 14th and in part of the
15th century, has a chamfered half-arch to the E. and, to the
W., a wide 14th-century opening with a two-centred chamfered head
and jambs fitted with a plain mediaeval wrought-iron grille. The
14th-century chancel arch has been partly rebuilt with some of
the old material, probably in the 15th century; it is two-centred
and of two chamfered orders; the inner order dies out into the
responds, the outer butts into them with the chamfer continuing
down to restored chamfered plinths. On the W., between the S.
respond and the opening to the S. squint are the mutilated remains
of a small respond-shaft with a moulded base; reset above it is
a moulded voussoir with lozenge-diaper enrichment; the first,
of c. 1100, no doubt is part of an altar recess that flanked a
narrow earlier chancel arch. Over the chancel arch, seen from
outside, is the weathering of an earlier roof to the chancel;
the cross on the gable end above is the only one not renewed in
1875 though the gable itself was largely rebuilt.
Nave (58 ft. by 20 ft.) has the arches in the N. wall standing
at the N. aisle floor level which is 1¼ ft. above the nave
floor. The wall of the E. bay is thicker than the rest of the
wall westward and on a different alignment; it is of c. 1050,
in part refaced towards the nave in the mid 12th century, and
contains an early 13th-century arched opening with hollow-chamfered
imposts continued to the break back to the thinner wall further
W.; the arch is two-centred and of two chamfered orders; both
orders evidently became deformed but only the inner has since
been rebuilt true; the dressings are insertions and the whole
probably represents a remodelling of an earlier feature. Over
the E. haunch is a rectangular doorway to the rood stair. The
first three bays of the arcade of c. 1200 further to the W. have
two-centred arches with two plain orders on the S. and flush faces
on the N. carried respectively on a chamfered corbel on the E.
respond, two circular piers with plain moulded capitals and restored
bases and, on the W., a rectangular chamfered pier with chamfered
impost. The W. half of this last pier was formed and faced in
the 13th century when the further bay was added; in this last
the arch is two-centred and of two chamfered orders springing
from a W. respond with a chamfered impost partly buried in the
tower wall. The five windows of the clearstorey differ in date:
the easternmost is of c. 1500, of two four-centred lights in a
square head; the rest, of the late 15th century, have each two
trefoiled lights in a square moulded head with moulded jambs and
a flat rear arch. The E. bay of the S. arcade contains a 14th-century
two-centred arch of two chamfered orders dying out into the flush
wall-face between nave and S. aisle on the E. and springing from
a renewed circular pier on the W.; the retooled capital of the
pier, decorated with paterae and heater-shaped shields each charged
with a cross, is a base reused and inverted. The next three bays
have two-centred arches of two orders with a chevron-enriched
label on the N. and with a flush face and chamfered label on the
S.; the piers are circular, the second and third having mid 12th-century
chamfered abaci and capitals carved with drapery-like scalloping
and grotesque figures and heads, including those of a king, a
man holding his head, a hound baiting a bear, and a monkey, bringing
the square of the abacus to the round of the pier (Plate 7). The
bases, including the base of the first pier, are moulded and with
rounded spurs on square stepped and chamfered sub-bases with chevron
ornament. The fourth pier is circular and the E. half is of the
mid 12th century with a scalloped capital while the W. half is
of the 13th century with a plain capital. The 13th-century arch
in the fifth bay is two-centred, of two chamfered orders, and
the W. respond is half-round with a moulded capital and modern
base. The five clearstorey windows are similar to the more westerly
in the N. wall.
Morton Chapel and North Aisle (13 ft. wide) are without structural
division and entered up two steps from the nave. The chapel occupies
one bay and is an early 16th-century rebuilding of the earlier
transept; the ashlar bonding at the junction of the former W.
wall of the transept and the nave wall remains visible in the
latter at clearstorey level. The chapel has a double plinth, a
diagonal buttress on the N.E. and a modern buttress at the junction
with the N. aisle; in the external angle between the E. wall and
the chancel is the two-sided projection of the 16th-century rood
stair. The restored E. window is of three four-centred lights
in a square casementmoulded head with moulded jambs; the N. window
is similar to it. The N. aisle is without plinth or buttresses;
in the N. wall are three reset late 15th-century windows each
of three cinque-foiled lights in a square casement-moulded head
with moulded jambs. The reset 14th-century N. doorway, between
the second and third windows, has a restored two-centred head
with the mouldings continued down the jambs to plain stops; the
rear arch is triangular and chamfered. The reset late 15th-century
W. window is of three trefoiled lights with vertical tracery in
a triangular head, head and jambs being casement-moulded; below
the window and to the S. is some earlier walling and the sill
of a blocked 13th-century lancet window. Along the S. wall over
the nave arcade are the shaped corbels of an earlier roof.
South Aisle (16 ft. wide) has had the whole of the upper part
of the E. wall rebuilt, and the E. window with net tracery is
entirely late 19th-century. The upper part of the 14th-century
S. wall has been rebuilt in flint with brick courses, the easternmost
of the three short two-stage buttresses having the initials and
date MS 1760. The E. window in the S. wall (Plate 32) is of the
16th century, probably c. 1535, and has five ogee cinque-foiled
lights with two whole and two part quatrefoils in the tracery
all in a three-centred opening in a square head with blank shields
and ribands in the spandrels; the square moulded label has stops
carved with demi-angels, much worn. The elliptical rear arch and
splays are elaborated with rectangular, quatre-foiled and trefoiled
panels. Further W. is a partly destroyed 18th-century doorway
in brick, now blocked, with segmental head. The reset second window
is of the 14th century with three ogee-trefoiled lights and net
tracery in a two-centred head with a two-centred and chamfered
rear arch. The third and the W. windows are late 19th-century.
The rebuilt 14th-century S. doorway is two-centred with the mouldings
of the head continued down the jambs to shaped stops; the rear
arch is two-centred and chamfered.
West Tower (13 ft. by 12 ft.) is of c. 1500 and in three stages
(Plate 2) with a moulded plinth, moulded strings, two-stage inset
angle buttresses ending in tall pinnacled standards, and an embattled
parapet with crocketed pinnacles and gargoyles. The polygonal
stair turret at the N.W. angle rises above the parapet and has
engaged standards with pinnacles standing on the topmost string
at the free corners and smaller pinnacles on the plain parapet.
The moulded tower arch is two-centred and springs from shafted
responds, the soffit and reveals containing heights of paired
panels with trefoiled heads. In the N. wall is the doorway to
the stair, with a four-centred chamfered head. The W. doorway
has moulded jambs and a four-centred arch in a square head with
foliate spandrels; flanking the doorway are plain standards set
diagonally supporting a capping continued as a label and a string.
The restored W. window has four transomed lights with a large
centre mullion and vertical tracery in a two-centred head, all
within a continuous casement moulding; the heads of the lights
below the transom are trefoiled, above cinque-foiled; the moulded
label returns across the other faces of the tower as a string.
Flanking the window are two niches with corbels carved with angels
holding blank shields; their moulded standards carry crocketed
canopies and pinnacles. The second stage has in the N. wall an
original window of one four-centred light in a square casement-moulded
head; inside, the clock chamber is entered through a doorway with
an original stop-chamfered timber frame. The third stage has in
each face a three-light double-transomed window with blind tracery
in a four-centred head within a continuous casement moulding;
the lights below both transoms have elliptical heads, the others
are ogee, and the two upper heights are filled with pierced stone
panelling with quatrefoil and star-pattern openings; the lower
lights are blocked. The moulded labels have human and beast-head
stops, some defaced, and the rear arches are segmental-pointed.
South Porch (10¼ ft. by 12½ ft.), of early 16th-century
origin, has been rebuilt; the S. archway and the windows in the
E. and W. walls are of the late 19th century.
Roof of the chancel is of 1875; the design is said to have been
based on fragments of a mediaeval roof found in situ. The late
15th-century timber roof of the nave (Plates 68, 69) is in five
bays divided and flanked by tie beams with arched braces meeting
in the centre and springing from hammer beams with curved struts
that continue the lines of the braces to give the appearance of
two-centred arched supports to the ties; the struts and wall posts
stand on shaped stone corbels; standing on the tie beams are king
posts, queen posts and two subsidiary side posts with cusped struts
supporting the ridge and the four purlins respectively. The trusses
are elaborately enriched, with tracery and foiled infilling in
the spandrels and trefoiled cusping along the under side of the
braces and struts. At the junctions of the braces are large bosses
crudely carved with (1) foliage, (2) male head, (3) shield with
a modern or restored painting of the arms of Morton, (4) Tudor
rose, (5) knot, (6) shield of St. George. The ends of the hammer
beams are carved with full-length figures, probably of the Apostles
but so many of the attributes are broken away that only five are
perhaps identifiable: N. side, (1) St. Matthew, (3) St. Philip
(?); S. side, (3) St. James the Great, (4) St. Peter, (6) St.
James the Less. Midway between the trusses are secondary principals
with bosses at the intersections with ridge and purlins carved
with human heads and foliage. In 1875 the roof was extensively
repaired, renewals being carved by Harry Hems of Exeter, and regilded
and recoloured by Messrs. Clayton and Bell (R.C.H.M. archives).
The colouring has been renewed again in the present century. The
Morton Chapel retains the original roof of c. 1500 with intersecting
moulded beams and wall-plates forming four panels. The restored
late 15th-century lean-to roof of the N. aisle is in five bays
divided by moulded principals supported on stone corbels and supporting
moulded purlins. The roofs of the S. aisle and the tower are of
In chancel, Purbeck marble slab with two incised crosses and part
of a third, the lower edge hollow-chamfered, mediaeval, repaired
and set on modern base to form main altar. Bells: six; 2nd, 1656,
probably by Thomas Purdue; 4th by John Wallis of Salisbury, 1602;
5th by Thomas and William Knight, 1709; 6th by Clement Tosier,
1698, and given by Mary Dyet. Brackets etc.: In nave—on
E. wall, N. of chancel arch at about springing-level, shaped stone
corbel, probably for back of rood loft; on N. and S. walls at
the same level as the foregoing and one bay W., probably for the
front bressummer of the rood loft, two carved corbels, the N.
defaced, the S. with the carved figure of a man with large head
wearing close-fitting round cap and pleated gown with shoulder-cape,
c. 1400. In Morton Chapel—flanking E. window, at different
levels, and differing slightly in detail, two half-octagonal moulded
stone corbels with concave sides and flared stems, c. 1500; on
E. splay of N. window, moulded stone corbel supported by flying
angel, c. 1500. Brasses and Indents. Brasses: in N. aisle—on
N. wall, (1) to Andrew Loup, 1637, reset triangular-headed plate
with long Latin inscription and shield-of-arms of Loup; (2) to
[Henry] Fisher , small, finely engraved with emblems of
mortality. In S. aisle, (3) to Robert Turbervyle, 1559, plate
with black-letter inscription (now reset on E. wall). See also
Monuments (1, 5). Indents: in W. tower—in floor-slabs, (1)
of rectangular plate; (2) of inscription plate and shield, c.
1500, the slab with illegible black-letter inscription; (3) of
figure and inscription plate, c. 1500, much worn. See also Monuments
(2, 4, 5).
In chancel, two, made up with 15th-century linenfold panelling
and mediaeval and modern material. Chest: In N. aisle, of wood,
3 ft. 2 ins. long, panelled and inscribed with names of churchwardens
and date 1716. Clock: Works (Plate 5), now in D.C.M., with elaborate
wrought-iron frame, made by Lawrence Boyce of Piddletown, 1719.
Consecration Cross: In nave, on W. face of E. respond of N. arcade,
painted on plaster in red outlined in black, 13th-century. Font
(Plate 8): In W. tower, circular straight-sided bowl with shallow
carved decoration, partly hacked away, of interlacing round-headed
arches with open flowers in roundels above, moulded necking, 12th-century,
on late 19th-century stem and moulded base; in top of bowl the
remains of fastenings for a cover. Ironwork: see Architectural
and Floor-slabs. Monuments: In chancel—against N. wall,
(1) to John Skerne, , freestone table-tomb (Plate 14) with
brasses and canopy erected by Margaret (Thornhull) his wife in
1596, tomb-chest with moulded plinth and square-panelled front
and ends, the panels containing blank shields enclosed in sub-cusped
quatrefoils, the top slab with moulded edges and remains of wrought-iron
guard and carrying two reeded and fluted columns and half-column
responds supporting the canopy and continued up as corner-posts
with knob finials; the back wall divided by pilaster buttresses
into three bays containing brasses, in the middle an achievement-of-arms
of Skerne impaling Thornhull (Fig. p. 16) with a separate inscription
below, in the W. the kneeling figure of a man in civilian dress,
and in the E. a woman; the canopy with a cornice decorated with
quatrefoils and blind brattishing and a soffit (Plate 15) with
unusual decoration including enriched bosses, a quatrefoil, and
diapered panels enclosing star-shaped sinkings (cf. Church Knowle
parish church, Monument 1). In N. aisle—on N. wall, (2)
mutilated reset fragments of a stone monument similar to (4) comprising
the canopy with the traceried soffit set flush and the three wall-panels
with brass indents of a kneeling figure of a knight wearing a
tabard and with a scroll, inscription plate and smaller plate
(probably a Trinity), and of a shield in each side panel, 16th-century,
first half; (3) to Robert, , son of John Williams of Herringston,
and Maria (Argenton) his wife, , wall-monument of painted
clunch erected by L W (probably his son, Lewis Williams) in 1631,
consisting of a gilded inscription panel flanked by attached Tuscan
columns supporting a cornice and pyramidal strapwork composition
framing a shield of the quarterly arms of Williams, De La Lynde,
Herring, Syward, all impaling Argenton. In S. aisle— in
E. wall, (4) canopied tomb of Purbeck marble with brass indents,
the front with quatre-foiled panels, now almost entirely defaced,
and moulded capping supporting part-octagonal attached shafts
carrying the canopy; the back wall slightly recessed, with trefoil-headed
panels in the reveals, and containing partly defaced brass indents
of two kneeling figures of a man and wife, an inscription plate
below and a scroll between them, and flanking shields; the canopy
with a band of quatrefoils across the front and blind brattishing,
the soffit carved with a central boss of fan-pattern flanked by
elaborate tracery-work, 16th-century, first half, much decayed;
in S. wall, (5) Purbeck marble tomb of similar type to (1) and
(4) above, the front containing blank shields, that in the centre
having had an applied brass shield, framed in sub-cusped quatrefoils
in square traceried panels alternating with narrower trefoil-headed
panels and with spirally-moulded shafts at each end; the recess
above with flanking spirally-turned shafts and panelled reveals,
the E. reveal containing a small recess with cinque-foiled ogee
head and bracket; the back wall divided into three compartments,
with brass indents of a Trinity flanked by kneeling figures of
a knight and wife with scrolls and of an inscription panel below;
the front of the canopy decorated with a band of quatrefoils and
blind brattishing, the soffit (Plate 15) with two bosses and elaborately
carved tracery, 16th-century, first half; (6) tomb recess, E.
springer only of arch surviving, with pierced cusp, probably 14th-century;
(7) in wall-recess, tomb with plain front and Purbeck top slab
with chamfered under-edge, recess with septfoiled elliptical arch
under an ogee label, this last much defaced, the foils with sunk
spandrels, 14th-century. In W. tower—on S. wall, (8) to
Harvey Ekins, 1799, and M. Elizabeth his widow, 1806, white and
grey marble wall-monument with fluted side pilasters, urn and
blank shield; (9) of Harvey Ekins Lillington, a great-nephew of
Harvey Ekins (see foregoing), 1819, white and black marble wall-tablet.
Outside—on N. wall of chancel, (10) to John Wills, vicar,
1725/6, white marble wall-tablet on foliated corbel, erected by
his wife Maria. In churchyard—E. of chancel, (11) to John,
son of John and Elizabeth Stanly, 1701/2, and another, name concealed,
headstone; N. of church, (12) to Jasper Guy, 1695, headstone;
(13) to David Guy, 1695, headstone; (14) to Mary and Abis, daughters
of William and Mary Whelch, 1704, headstone; S. of church, (15)
to John, son of Thomas and Anna Boscomb, 1713, headstone; (16)
to Jonathan Burges, 1682, headstone; (17) to Joy, son of James
Burges, 1676, headstone; (18) to Andrew Sexey, 1691, carved headstone;
(19) to Samuel Rutter, 1722, carved headstone; (20) foot-stone
inscribed WT.ET.TS. 1695. 1699.
In chancel—two modern floor-tiles, marking the position
of floor-slabs beneath concealed in 1875, inscribed (1) RW, 1631,
(Robert, second son of John Williams of Herringston) and MW, 1630,
(Mary (Argenton) his wife), and (2) GA, 1701, (Gulielmus Abell,
A.M., vicar). In nave, in second bay of N. arcade, (3) to Thomas
. . . ., 1608, with black-letter inscription, largely illegible.
In S. aisle—(4) to John Turberville of 'Beere' and Woolbridge
and Ann (Howard) his wife, daughter of Thomas, Viscount Bindon,
1633; (5) over the Turberville vault, dated 1710. In W. tower,
(6) with traces of black-letter inscription, illegible. See also
Brass Indent (2).
see Architectural Description of W. Tower. Panelling: In N. aisle—on
N. wall, towards W. end, six arcaded panels with strapwork and
jewel-ornament, possibly of former pulpit, and some plain panels
in moulded framing, 17th-century, reset; reused in screen to vestry,
eight linenfold panels, early 16th-century. Piscinae: In chancel—in
S. wall, with moulded cinque-foiled head and jambs and stone shelf,
front edge of sill shaped into two three-sided projections carried
on pair of moulded and ribbed corbels, E. half containing foiled
dishing to drain, mid 14th-century. In S. aisle— in S. wall,
with ogee cinque-foiled chamfered head and jambs, sill cut back
and foiled sinking and drain partly destroyed, late 15th-century.
Plate: includes cup by I.G., 6½ ins. high, with straight
tapered sides on plain flared stem, 1664; stand-paten by D.B.,
9 ins. diam., with gadroon border, 1693, engraved with achievement-of-arms
of Williams of Herringston; smaller stand-paten by C.O., 6½
ins. diam., of similar design, 1698; stand-paten, 47/8 ins. diam.
bought in 1876 but older; two flagons with straight tapering sides
and scrolled handles, 1811 and 1812, given by the vicar, Thomas
Williams; straight-sided pewter flagon, 17th-century.
In nave, thirteen bench ends (Plate 67) incorporated in backs
of modern pews, elaborately carved with tracerypatterns and linenfolds
incorporating initials, H B and R C, shield with date 1547, others
with pelican in piety, merchant's mark with initials HAC, and
inscription: ION DAV WARDEN OF THYS CHARYS (Figs. pp. 18, 188).
Regis Church. Seating; bench-end
reset in E. buttress of S. aisle, fragment of scratch dial, mediaeval.
Tables: in vestry, of yew, with shaped legs and hoof-shaped feet,
given by Henry Fisher, vicar 1725–73. In S. aisle, with
turned and twisted legs and stretchers and shaped bearers to plain
top, early 18th-century. Miscellanea: Carved stones—in S.
wall of S. porch, carved voussoir similar to that in E. wall of
nave (see Architectural Description above), mid 12th-century;
built into N. aisle, fragments of moulded and carved stones including
small delicately carved foliated capital of c. 1200; in S. arcade,
two stone heads; in S. porch, fragments of two coffin-lids with
Calvary crosses, part of plain stone cross, and small Purbeck
marble slab decorated with quatrefoils. On outside of N. aisle,
16th-century moulded stone fragment with shield-of-arms (unidentified
1). Over S. door, two firemen's wrought-iron thatch-hooks, with
chains but no staves, 17th or 18th-century.
following houses unless otherwise described are of two storeys
with cob walls and thatched roofs; the barns are of similar building
Regis, Plan showing the Position of the Monuments
House, of brick with a tiled roof, was built in the late 18th
century. Two bay windows were added on the S. in the 19th century.
House, of two storeys and attics, with brick walls, rendered and
painted, and a tiled roof, was built in the second half of the
18th century. The back wing is a later addition.
House was built in the early 17th century; on plan it has a central
chimney and two rooms.
House, of two storeys and attics, built of brick with tiled roofs
with stone verges, is of the early 18th century. The front originally
had two ground-floor windows and a doorway on the W., a brick
plinth, a plat-band marking the first floor and an eaves cornice
of headers set on edge and alternately glazed. The two first-floor
windows flank a rectangular sunk brick panel. The end gables have
moulded brick copings and kneelers. The plan (below) comprises
a side passage, a large front room with a small room opening from
it E. of the stairs, and a N. kitchen wing; but there is nothing
to show that the passage is an original feature, and the purpose
of the small room is uncertain. About the middle of the 19th century
a bay window was added in place of the ground-floor windows.
Cottage, of brick with a thatched roof, is of the early 19th century.
It has a symmetrical elevation with a central doorway.
House with shop was built in the early 19th century. It has a
brick plinth and, towards the E. end, a separate shopentrance.
Cottages, two, were built probably in the 18th century; the E.
cottage has been refaced in brickwork.
of Bere Regis: Houses in West Street
House was built in the early 18th century. The plan (below) comprises
a central staircase with the principal room to the E. and the
kitchen to the W. Behind the staircase is a small room of uncertain
purpose. The porch, of two storeys and of brick with a tiled and
gabled roof, was added probably c. 1800. Part of the back wall
has been rebuilt in brick and outhouses have been added.
'Royal Oak', public house, at the S.W. corner of the cross roads,
of two storeys and attics, is of the early 19th century. It is
built of brick, the N. and E. sides being in blue headers with
red dressings; the roofs are tiled. The N. side has a central
doorway flanked by two three-light windows, three similar windows
on the first floor and three dormer windows with hipped roofs.
House, of brickwork in Flemish bond with blue headers, is of the
late 18th century. The plan comprises two rooms, each with a fireplace
in the gable wall, and a straight staircase between them.
House is probably of the 17th century. It was renovated and sash
windows were inserted towards the end of the 18th century, when,
probably, a small Barn at the E. end was added. (Remodelled)
House, of two storeys and with a back wing of one storey, was
built of brick in Flemish bond about the middle of the 18th century.
The E. ground-floor window on the N. side has a segmental head
of alternate red and blue headers. The plan (see p. 18) is L-shaped,
comprising two main rooms, which were probably a parlour to the
W. and a kitchen. The absence of a doorway between the E. room
and the back wing suggests that the latter served some farm purpose,
perhaps as a dairy. In the second quarter of the 19th century
a general renovation included the addition of an entrance lobby,
a bay window and a back porch. Perhaps at this time the fireplace
with an oven on one side was inserted in the back wing, though
the wing remained perhaps a bakehouse and brew-house rather than
a kitchen. On the first floor the W. room has an original fireplace-surround
with eared architrave and moulded shelf.
Manor Farm, house, of brick with a tiled roof, is of the first
half of the 18th century. The brickwork is in English bond with
House, with a slated roof, was built probably in the 18th century.
It has been converted into two cottages and greatly altered. A
Barn to the E., of the 17th century, retained a single post forming
the foot of a scarfed-cruck truss until demolished (1958).
and (17) Barns have brick plinths and are both of the early 19th
century, although not of exactly the same date. They are comparatively
small, of four bays, and have large opposed doors without porches.
Cottage is of the late 18th century. The E. wall is of brickwork
in Flemish bond with blue headers.
House was built in the late 17th or early 18th century when it
must have had a range of three rooms, the middle one unheated.
It was greatly altered towards the middle of the 19th century.
House is probably of the 17th century. It has been partly refaced
in brick and altered inside.
House is of the early 17th century and consists of a range of
three rooms. The chimney-stack stands between two rooms and to
the side of it is the entrance lobby. The house has been much
Houses, two, of rendered brick, with slated roofs, were built
as a pair towards the middle of the 19th century. They have symmetrical
House was built in the late 16th or early 17th century when the
plan comprised two rooms each with a fireplace in the gable wall.
It has been extended on two sides in the 18th and 19th centuries.
House, of one storey and attics, is of similar plan and date to
(23). A third room was added to the N. in the early 18th century
and a Cottage at the S. end in the early 19th century.
Cottage, of brick with a tiled roof, was built probably at the
end of the 18th century.
Cottages, a pair, of brick with tiled roofs with stone slate verges,
were built in the late 18th century. They share a common doorway
in a symmetrical frontage.
Cottages, two, one double-fronted, are of the late 18th century.
Cottages, two, were formed in the 19th century in a late 18th-century
range of stabling.
House, on Barrow Hill, of brick with a slated roof, is of the
first half of the 18th century; it is said to have been the schoolmaster's
house and may well have been built about the time that the adjacent
school was founded in 1719. The brickwork is in Flemish bond with
blue headers and a platband marking the first floor. The original
plan comprised two rooms. Entrance was through a porch and lobby
to one side of the central chimney. The house has been divided
and altered. The school has been rebuilt with the original date
Cottages, on the E. side of Butt Lane, form a range of five with
a sixth, detached, to the S. They are of the 18th and early 19th
Cottage, on Snow Hill, is early Victorian.
House, in Blind Street, is of the 17th century but has been extensively
altered at several different dates.
Court Farm, house, S.E. of the church, is L-shaped on plan. The
oldest part is the S. end of the W. wing, which is of the late
17th or early 18th century; it is of rubble with a tiled roof,
the window heads are turned in brick and the S. gable has a moulded
coping and parapet. The mid 18th-century N. end of the wing is
of brick. The brick E. wing with a symmetrical S. front was added
in the early 19th century. The wings now form two separate houses.
The plan of the E. wing comprises a lobby facing a straight flight
of stairs between living room and kitchen; the S. wing was altered
to a similar plan in the 19th century.
(841949) is of one storey with attics; it was built of flint with
lacing-courses of squared stone in the late 16th century. The
S.W. end of the front wall has been rebuilt, perhaps in cob, probably
in the early 19th century; the S.W. gable wall was rebuilt in
rubble at some uncertain date, and the back wall patched in brick
in the 18th century. A cottage was added on the N.E. end in the
late 18th century. The 16th-century plan consists of a range of
three rooms. In the S.W. room, which has pyramidal stops to the
chamfered longitudinal ceiling beams, a small 19th-century fireplace
replaces the much larger original; the N.E. room still has a large
fireplace. The room in the middle is of some pretensions, since
it has chamfered and stopped ceiling beams, though without a fireplace;
it appears to have been an unusually elaborate entrance hall.
Cottage (referrred to above)
(840950), of one storey and attics, was built in the 17th century
on a plan comprising two heated rooms.
Farm, house (839950), of two storeys and attics, was built in
brick in the early 18th century. The only decorative feature of
that date to survive is a plat-band on the S. wall of the N. range,
which is continued in slightly different brickwork on the W. wall
of the S. wing. The plan comprised an entrance, now blocked, opposite
the staircase, a room to each side and a smaller unheated room
behind the staircase. The house seems always to have had a wing
to the S. because the wall between the N. range and the wing is
thinner than the outside walls, though the lack of openings in
the said wall suggests the wing was a dairy or brewhouse rather
than a kitchen. In the middle of the 19th century the wing was
extended, the addition being of one storey and attics, a porch
added, and the whole house given new windows, doors and fireplaces.
A Barn, of brick with slated roof, stands W. of the house and
is of the early 18th century.
immediately W. of (34), is of the early 19th century.
40 yds. E.S.E. of (35), of two storeys and attics and of brick
with a slated roof, was built in the late 18th century.
immediately W. of (35), is of the early 19th century.
(340 yds. S.) has a slated roof and symmetrical front; it is early
Victorian. Three Cottages immediately adjacent may be of the same
(300 yds. S.), of the late 18th century, has opposed doors towards
the S. end. The collar-beam roof trusses are bolted together and
the common rafters are untrimmed poles.
(855947), of brick with a tiled roof, stands near the W. rampart
of the hill-fort and is of the late 18th century.
three, respectively 150 yds. N.E., 60 yds. E., and 110 yds. S.E.
of (42), of brick with tiled roofs, are of the late 18th or early
Farm, house (834960), of two storeys and of brick with a thatched
roof, was built in the late 18th century on an L-shaped plan.
It was considerably altered in the 19th century. Barn, 30 yds.
S. of the farmhouse, of brick with a thatched roof, was built
probably in the middle of the 18th century. The brickwork bonding
is in two courses of stretchers alternating with one course of
headers. The N.E. side and the N.W. end, that is, the walls seen
from the house, have a high plinth. All the buttresses have stepped
offsets. The roof is divided into eleven bays by tie and collar-beam
Barn (822964) has timber-framed and weather-boarded walls above
a high brick plinth. It was built in the mid 18th century. The
timber used for the wall studs is of poor quality and small scantling;
long curved braces rise from the sill to the principal posts.
The roof (p. lxv), of sling-brace type in seven bays, has a few
pegged joints but is mostly fastened together with wrought-iron
of the following buildings stand in the meander valley of the
a pair (550 yds. S.), have slated roofs and are of the early 19th
(845938) is of the early 19th century. The plan comprises two
(845937) is of the early 19th century and has an entrance hall
between two heated rooms.
(849926), of one storey and attics, is of the late 18th century.
The plan comprised a living room and scullery, with a staircase
on the S. side of the fireplace in the former. Both the original
doorways are now blocked.
immediately S. of (49), is of the early 19th century. It has a
staircase and two heated rooms opening off a lobby.
Farm, house (849922), of brick and cob and now with a slated roof,
was built in 1715. The back wall is of cob and the other walls
are of brick. The date is worked in glazed headers in the N. gable.
The W. front is symmetrical. The plan comprises an entrance lobby
with a kitchen to the S., a parlour to the N., and a staircase
between the lobby and an unheated room behind, which was probably
a pantry entered from the kitchen. The staircase is enclosed except
on the first-floor landing, where are flat shaped balusters.
(854914), at Warren, is of the late 18th century. The original
plan comprised a living room and scullery; it has been much altered
and partly rebuilt.
House (856912) has a tiled roof. It was built in the 17th century
but enlarged in brick in the early 19th century.
Cottage (855928) is of the late 18th century. The plan comprises
a living room and scullery.
(853929) is of the early 19th century.
a pair (854927), of brick, were built in the early 19th century.
They have a central chimney-stack.
(856924), at Bere Heath Farm, is of the early 19th century.
Stockley Farm, house (857919), of brick with a tiled roof, was
built in the late 18th century. The brickwork of the N. side is
in Flemish bond and that of the S. side in English garden-wall
bond. The doorway has a flat hood on moulded brackets. Many of
the original windows are blocked.
(863916), at Philliols Farm, is of brick and roofed with modern
materials replacing thatch. In the W. gable the date 1748 is worked
in glazed headers. The single porch is on the S. side (plan, p.
lxvi). The Stable, immediately N. of the barn, is of brick with
a tiled roof. It is of the 18th century. The roof trusses have
principal rafters and cambered collars. The 18th-century Granary,
E. of the barn, is of brick.
Lodge (868913), of brick with slated roofs, is of the early 19th
century, octagonal, and with a timber verandah. The windows have
Barn (864908), at Woodlands, is of brick with a slated roof. It
was built in the second half of the 18th century and has stepped
buttresses. The N. end has been converted into a cottage.
(869906), at Hyde Farm, was built of brick with a tiled roof in
the late 18th century and heightened in the 19th century.
(872894), at Budden's Farm, of brick with tiled roofs, is of the
late 18th century. Barn (plan p. lxvi) is also of the 18th century
and of brick, with stepped buttresses.
(839932), at Mintern's Ferry, is of the early 19th century.
House (? m. N.E.), at Town's End, of brick with tiled roofs, is
of the late 18th century. The N. wall contains many glazed headers.
Barn, S.E. of the house, is of cob with a slated roof. It was
built in the early 19th century.
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