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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.

Monday, 17 January 2011

St Nicholas' Church, Moreton

St Nicholas Church in Moreton was built in the Georgian Gothic style in 1776.  It was later enlarged and then restored after extensive bomb damage in the Second World War. The church is unique in that it is the only one in the world to have engraved glass windows, rather than stained glassed.  Designed by Sir Laurence Whistler, the windows were put in after the original ones were blown out in WWII.

Having seen the windows with our own eyes, we can honestly say they are breathtakingly beautiful, although our photos don't really do them justice!  They also give the inside of the church a refreshingly light and airy feel, which is quite unique.

St Nicholas Church is also where Lawrence of Arabia famously had his funeral, after he had died from a motorcycle accident at nearby Bovington.  The guest list at the funeral included Winston Churchill and Lady Astor.  Lawrence's grave can be found in the nearby churchyard.


  1. I have just recently been informed that my Grandfather was involved in these windows. He worked for the sandblasting company, and was a member of the team whom etched them!! He passed away a few years back, Mr Henry Brockman.

  2. Hi Anon, thanks for taking the time to look at our blog. It's fascinating to hear that your grandfather was involved in etching these beautiful windows; it must make you very proud to be associated with him.
    Karen & Nick