St Mary, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - 25th September 2003

One of the last churches we visited during our trip to Wiltshire, we however struck gold and found several Fanner tombstones in this cemetery.  Sadly there was no information booklet available in the church and I have been unsuccessful in tracing any factual information about its history from the web. 

Tarrant Gunville church is largely the work of the Salisbury diocesan architect T. H. Wyatt who usually did some of the dullest restoration and rebuilding but occasionally surprises with some excellent work. He reused some 14th century features in his rebuilding here of 1844-5, and reset some Norman arcading high up in the north aisle. He also kept the 15th century Perpendicular tower.  Thanks to Phil Draper for this information.

St Mary, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTC

These two photographs show the interior of the building (apologies for the poor exposure in the west looking shot).  The church has an attractive design painted on the wall above the chancel arch.

View from the nave into the chancel, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTCLooking into the nave from the chancel, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTC

Here are pictures of the church banner, organ and font.

Banner, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTCOrgan, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTCFont, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTC

Here are my favourite two windows from the church.  The first depicting St Michael & St George, the second seems to be the parable of the sower.

Window, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTCWindow, St Mary Church, Tarrant Gunville, Dorset - MTC

There is an excellent Online Parish Clerk's page with register transcriptions of this parish church.

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