SY3995 : Whitechurch Canonicorum: parish church of St. Candida and Holy Cross

taken 25 years ago, near to Whitchurch Canonicorum, Dorset, Great Britain

Whitechurch Canonicorum: parish church of St. Candida and Holy Cross
Whitechurch Canonicorum: parish church of St. Candida and Holy Cross
This building represents two linguistic alternatives – firstly, the village name is Whitchurch Canonicorum (no 'e') while the parish is Whitechurch Canonicorum (with an 'e'); and secondly, the name derives not from the fact that the church is white (it isn't) but because St. Candida is also known as St. Wite.

The church is mainly 13th century (the south doorway is 12th while some interior parts are 15th, including the tower), while it is particularly unusual in that it contains the shrine of the saint to whom it is dedicated. All shrines were ordered to be destroyed during the Reformation so this is indeed a rare survival.

Because of its relative size it is known as the cathedral of Marshwood Vale.
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Date Taken
September 1992   (more nearby)
Submitted
Wednesday, 8 August, 2007
Category
Church   (more nearby)
Subject Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 396 954 [100m precision]
WGS84: 50:45.3244N 2:51.3979W
Camera Location
OSGB36: geotagged! SY 396 954
View Direction
Northeast (about 45 degrees)
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