Welcome to Dorset Allsorts

We'll be posting a variety of facts and photos of whatever takes our fancy as we wander around Dorset. They may be of churches, buildings, visitor attractions or natural scenes – in fact there will be all sorts! We hope they will give you a glimpse of some of the sights this beautiful county has to offer.

Sunday, 16 May 2010

Sherborne Abbey

Sherborne is a lovely town with many sights to impress the visitor, not least its abbey which dates from 988 and is one of the main attractions.  The abbey is a superb example of Perpendicular architecture, noted for its magnificent fan-vaulted roof in both nave and choir.

Some of the former domestic buildings also remain in the nearby Abbey Close and just to the east is the well-preserved Abbey Conduit, the lavatorium or washing-place of the monks, that formerly stood in the cloisters.

Whilst in Sherborne, take the time to stroll around the town and look at some of the lovely golden-coloured stone buildings dating from between the 15th and 18th centures which line the narrow streets.  The town also boasts two castles; the ruins of the Old Castle date from the 12th century whilst the nearby New Castle incorporates Sherborne Park which was designed in the 18th century by Capability Brown.

All in all, a great day out!

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