A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

England, Wimborne Minster Guide (B): A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

The welcoming town centre of Wimborne is a large open space filled with the chairs and tables of cafés and restaurants that surround it. When I arrived it was summer and the sun was shining, brightening the blooms that decorated the pavement. It looked more continental than English even though I was in a small traditional Dorset town.

Very close to the town centre is Wimborne Minster. Thanks to the large, grassed area in front of it I was able to get a good view of this splendid building. As I did a circuit of the outside I noticed a small figure beside one of the windows of the West Tower above me. This painted statue called Quarter Jack is a famous feature of the Minster. These small statues, once a common feature, were installed to automatically strike the quarter hour. Here he strikes a pair of small bells. When he was installed in 1612 he was dressed as a monk but during the Napoleonic Wars his clothes were changed to those of a grenadier.

Behind the church I discovered God’s Acre This is part of an initiative to make churchyards wild life sanctuaries by planting wild flowers to encourage nature to flourish and bring churchyards alive. Wimborne Minster has won awards for its efforts in this direction having created a tranquil corner of the churchyard where visitors can sit to enjoy the flowers. ...... (follow the instructions below for accessing the rest of this article).
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Guide Name: A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne
Guide Location: England » Wimborne Minster
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Article (B))
Sight(s) featured in this guide: Chained Library   Salvation Army Hall   Priest’s House Museum   Model Town   Wimborne Market   Walford Mill Crafts Centre   Mill Stream Bistro  
Author: Valery Collins
Read it on author's website: https://experiencedtraveller.com/journal/2017-08-20-a-warm-welcome-awaits-in-the-dorset-town-of-wimborne