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Abbey Church Sherborne

Now a Christian Parish Church, the Abbey Church at Sherborne was also a Saxon cathedral from 705–1075, and a Benedictine abbey from 998–1539. There may also have been a Celtic Christian church known as 'Lanprobi' at the site, in the days before the Cathedral was built

There may have originally been a Celtic Christian church called 'Lanprobi' at the site of the Cathedral. the Saxon churches of Sherborne were founded King Ine in 705 by King Ine of Wessex, who made Aldhelm the first of twenty seven Bishop of Sherborne. Some believed Aldhelm was King Ines brother, but he was in fact a son of Kenten of the Royal House of Wessex.

In 1593 the Dissolution of the Monasteries occurred, and the Abbey had to be handed over to King Henry VIII. Thankfully, one of the Kings Knights, Sir John Horsey, bought the abbey (along with several other properties around the area), and sold it back to the people of Sherborne, who have been using it as their parish church ever since.

A few of the original Saxon features still remain in the Abbey, though most of these were demolished by Roger of Caen, and replaced with much larger, Norman style architecture. The

Abbey is particularly famous for the re-modelling of the fan-vaulting, done by William Smyth in the 15th century. It is believed this renovation was completed in 1490, though during the work a riot in the town caused a fire that damaged much of the building, and caused severe delays for the renovation. The damage and effects caused by this fire can still be seen on the walls under the Tower, which display a slight off-colouration and reddening of the bricks.


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17 Sherborne House, BURFORD

, Sherborne , GL54 3DZ

17 Sherborne House, BURFORD is 0.93 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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The Malt House, BURFORD

, Burford , OX18 4TT

The Malt House, BURFORD is 2.08 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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The Fox Inn

Great Barrington , Burford , OX18 4TB

The Fox Inn is 2.93 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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Inn For all seasons

The Barringtons , Burford , OX18 4TN

Inn For all seasons is 3.47 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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The Lamb Inn

Great Rissington , Bourton on the Water , GL54 2LP

The Lamb Inn is 3.72 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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1 Eastington, NORTHLEACH

, Northleach , GL54 3PN

1 Eastington, NORTHLEACH is 4.96 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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Foxhill Farm Barn, BOURTON ON THE WATER

Foxhill Farm, Northleach Road , Bourton on the Water , GL54 3BL

Foxhill Farm Barn, BOURTON ON THE WATER is 5.37 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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Tagmoor Hollow, Bourton on the Water

Marshmouth Lane , Bourton on the Water , GL54 2EE

Tagmoor Hollow, Bourton on the Water is 5.50 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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Tallet Barn, BOURTON ON THE WATER

Home Farm, Rissington Road , Bourton on the Water , GL54 2NA

Tallet Barn, BOURTON ON THE WATER is 5.55 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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South View Cottage, BOURTON ON THE WATER

, Home Farm , Bourton on the Water , GL54 2NA

South View Cottage, BOURTON ON THE WATER is 5.55 kilometers from Abbey Church Sherborne. Room prices starting from £

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