St Andrew is a very unique church tucked away out of sight in the village of Winterborne Tomson, Dorset which is just off the main road (A31, turn right opposite the famous “red sign”). Very photogenic indeed.
St Andrew is a Norman church built in the 12th century and has hardly changed since this time. It is no longer in us for regular worship but is still a fully consecrated building and thus could be used if required. The Society for the protection of Ancient Buildings raised money for its restoration by selling a collection of Thomas Hardy’s manuscripts. This work was supervised by the architect A R Powys, Secretary to the Society. It is thanks to him that this wonderful building survives till this day.
How to get there?
- From Wimborne, Dorset take the A31 towards Dorchester.
- Pass the “Botany Bay Inne” on your left
- When you reach the very conspicuous and famous red road sign, turn right and then right again
- You will find the church on your left and there is space to park