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A picture tour of the Giant Fertility Hill Figure The Cerne Giant and around the Village of Cerne Abbas

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Up Cerne

Picture by Barry

Picture by Barry

Up Cerne (up the valley from Cerne Abbas) is a small but ancient hamlet.  It was recorded in the Domesday Book as Obcerne.

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The Bells of Cerne Abbas

Picture by Sarah Smith

Picture by Sarah Smith

The mainly 15th century parish church of St. Mary, with a much older chancel, was restored in the 1960’s, and the rotting pews replaced with chairs. The bells did not ring for over 70 years because the hangers were unsafe, but in 1974 the bells were recast and a sixth added to the peal.

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E weren’t all bad

A sketch performed by The Yetties at Cerne Abbas extracted from a DVD produced by Classic Media entitled “All Over Dorset” in 1996. Copyright Bonny Sartin 1982.

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Pillory

Picture by Gerry

Picture by Gerry

It is a very long time since any of the villagers of Cerne Abbas were placed in the stocks but they are still on display outside of the parish church.

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Cerne Abbas Tithe Barn

Picture by James Stringer

Picture by James Stringer

Like many of Dorset’s barns, the 14th Century Tithe Barn at Cerne Abbas is now a private dwelling. A Scheduled Ancient Monument it was partially converted to a private house at the south end in the late 18th Century, restored during the 19th Century and totally reconstructed in the 20th Century.

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Cerne Abbas Giant

Picture by Adam Bowie

Picture by Adam Bowie

The Cerne Abbas giant, also referred to as the Rude Man or the Rude Giant, is a hill figure of a giant naked man on a hillside near the village of Cerne Abbas. Like several other chalk figures carved into the English countryside, it is often thought of as an ancient creation. However, its history cannot be traced back further than the late 17th century

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