ST7508 : Porch, The Church of St Mary and St James

taken 7 years ago, near to Droop, Dorset, Great Britain

Porch, The Church of St Mary and St James
Porch, The Church of St Mary and St James
The porch was added to the church at the end of the 15th century with its battlemented parapet and gargoyles added at a later date.

The wrought iron gates were made by a craftsman from the nearby village of Hinton st Mary and added to the church in 1950.

Growing near the porch is a clump if Valerian.
Valerian is one of the oldest known nervine herbs, it is used as a sedative and anti-spasmodic in the treatment of nervous and anxiety problems. The root is dried and in the process emits a powerful tom-cat smell. Valerian was known as ‘heal all and set well’ to our ancestors. It was used to strengthen the eyesight, as a cough medicine, to heal infected wounds and to resist the plague. The ancient Greek writers called it ‘phu’ in allusion to its smell, and in the 16th century it was put in among bed linen, possibly to induce restful sleep rather than to give a pleasant smell.
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Date Taken
Saturday, 12 June, 2010   (more nearby)
Submitted
Tuesday, 6 July, 2010
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Church porch   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! ST 7531 0828 [10m precision]
WGS84: 50:52.4092N 2:21.1361W
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OSGB36: geotagged! ST 7531 0828
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