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Wimborne Minster

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  • Wimborne Minster
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Published 08/30/2016

Fodor's Review

Although there has been a church here since the 8th century, the current building, with its crenellated and pinnacled twin towers, was built between 1120 and 1180. The nave reflects the Norman influence in its zigzag molding interspersed with carved heads. Several Gothic components were added later, as were fine Victorian geometric tiles and stained glass windows. Don't miss the late 17th-century chained library, one of the first public libraries in Britain and still the second largest. Its collection includes a 14th-century manuscript and a 1522 book with a title page designed by Hans Holbein. Also look out for the pre-Copernican astronomical clock, which dates to before the 15th century. It's on the inside wall of the west tower.

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High St., Wimborne Minster, BH21 1HT, England

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Published 08/30/2016


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