A Warm Welcome Awaits in the Dorset Town of Wimborne

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.

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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: http://experiencedtraveller.co.uk/blog/post/2017-08-20-a-warm-welcome-awaits-in-the-dorset-town-of-wimborne