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Melbury Bubb Church, Dorset f.34

Melbury Bubb Church, Dorset f.34

Artist: Buckler

Medium: Watercolour

Date: 1850

Shelfmark: Additional MS 37120

Item number: f.34

Length: 25.9

Width: 35.7

Scale: Centimetres

Genre: Topographical Drawing

The Church of St Mary dates back to at least the 13th century, but it was largely rebuilt at the end of the 15th century when the tower was added. The church is interesting for its font which may have been adapted from the base of a Saxon cross. A Mee, the Dorset historian, in his book 'Dorset, Thomas Hardy's Country', describes it as "the work of some artist far back in time who gave it a bold and handsome circle of hounds chasing deer, with wild beasts preying on each other". Oddly, whether by design or intent, this whole scene appears upside down.

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