St Peters Churchyard

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St Peters Churchyard

Location
Church Lane
Portesham, West Dorset District, Dorset, DT3 4HP England
Memorials 69 added (70% photographed)

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A church probably stood here before the Norman Conquest, and the base of the tower is believed to be early Norman, possibly Saxon. There are also traces of a Norman arcade in the north wall of the nave. However, most of the church is 12th to 13th century, including the font, and the pulpit is Jacobean.

There are many interesting memorials in both the church and adjoining graveyard. The oldest tomb inside the church is a slab on the floor of the nave, beneath which lies Walter Riccard (d. 1644), whose son Sir Andrew Riccard was a Portesham-born seaman who became Governor of the East India Company, Sheriff of London, and a Member of Parliament. Then there is tomb of William Weare who wanted to be buried ‘neither in the church nor outside it’, so they interred him beneath the south wall, where a plaque and bench outside the wall marks the spot. Then on the south side of the church in the graveyard lies shepherd William Parker, whose tombstone depicts an angel wearing a woolly jumper.

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GPS Coordinates: 50.6709000, -2.5638000

  • Added: 25 Feb 2015
  • Find A Grave Cemetery: #2570591