In 1526 the income of the abbey was returned as £123, of which £92 was in 'spirituals,' and £31 in temporals and demesnes. John Piper and the Church - Dorchester Abbey, The Queen Anne's School Carol Service at Dorchester Abbey, Funerary brass of Sir John Drayton (d.1417). Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. 10 Manor Farm Rd The arms are Azure, two bars dancetty or, a chief argent. Holcomb family genealogists have long regarded the Abbey Church at Dorchester-on-Thames as the resting place of an early ancestor, revealed in a remarkable stone effigy. The Dorchester. Dorchester Abbey is currently the Church of England parish church for the town of Dorchester-On-Thames, Oxfordshire. Dorchester Abbey is both the village's Church of England parish church and its main tourist attraction. The first abbot appears to have been Alured, whose name occurs in records from in 1146 and again in 1163. DORECCESTRIA). The north transept and its doorway are Norman. Alexander, Bishop of Lincoln founded Dorchester Abbey in 1140 for the Arrouaisian Order of Augustinian canons (who wore white instead of the black of most Augustinians). We'll assume you're ok with this if you continue to use our site. The abbey was under the patronage of St. Peter, St. Paul, and St. Birinus. No register or cartulary of Dorchester Abbey is known to exist, and only a single charter, confirming the donation of a church by King John, is given by Dugdale. The Norman building expanded in the 13th century and was richly aggrandised in the early 14th century when the chancel was added with its wonderful window sculpted with the Tree of Jesse, its stained glass and its exquisite sedilia. A large new church was planned in the transitional Norman style, and was built to a cruciform plan. One of the earliest Christian sites in Britain, Dorchester Abbey stands on the site of a 7th-century Saxon cathedral. At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1530s, the church building was saved for posterity through its purchase for £140 by local wealthy man Richard Beauforest who left it to the village in his will. [2], In 1993 a Union Jack that had been draped over the coffins of prisoners of war at Batu Lintang camp, Sarawak, Borneo was placed in the abbey together with two wooden memorial plaques; they had formerly been housed at All Saints Church, Oxford.[3]. It had been the seat of a bishopric from AD 634 when Pope Honorius I had sent Saint Birinus, its first bishop, to that district, until 1085 when the Mercian See (hitherto at Dorchester) was transferred to Lincoln. The north side of the nave and chancel arch are Early English Gothic. Knight 1400, probably a member of the Seagrave family, possibly Hugh Segrave, died 1387, Norman Lead font from 1170 depicting the 11 apostles, Stained Glass Window of The Tree of Jesse, 14th Century Window with fragments of original glass, Heraldic Window depicting the arms of Knights of Edward I after the siege of Caverlock, Edward Plantegenet of caenarvon later Edward II. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. St. Birinius died in 650, and was buried in the church, and as war with the Mercians seemed imminent in the 660s, his see (and his remains) were moved south to the city of Winchester. Two square-headed windows from the 14th century have medieval armorial glass in them, showing the arms of England, and the Earls of Cornwall and Lancaster. Abbey History Nearly 1400 years of Christianity The Iron Age fort on Wittenham Clumps dominates a landscape settled since remotest antiquity. There are traces of wall-painting above, which may be part of a Day of Judgement scene. The tower was added in 1602, incorporating material from an earlier processional entrance. At the time of the dissolution of the monasteries by Henry VIII in the 1530s, the church building was saved for posterity through its purchase for £140 by local wealthy man Richard Beauforest who left it to the village in his will. Version 5.0. The Rector is the Revd Sue Booys, who is the Team Rector for six adjoining parishes within the Dorchester area. If you continue to use this site we will assume that you are happy with it.