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Longburton

Picture by Axel R-D

Picture by Axel R-D

Longburton runs along the main road between Dorchester and Sherborne, at one point lights are required to allow modern traffic to safely negotiate a bend between the 17th century stone cottages. Most of the remaining housing is modern development with a few Victorian cottages

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St. James the Great Church, Longburton. Image by David Little

Longburton is a village in west Dorset, England, three miles (5 km) south of Sherborne. The parish church is dedicated to Saint James the Great. It was originally a chapelry of Sherborne Minster. Most of it was built in the fifteenth century although the square tower was built local rubble with freestone dressings. about two hundred years earlier. The tower’s upper storey with the crenellated parapet was added as part of the main fifteenth century development. The tower holds six bells with the tenor tuned to G#. Local superstition had it that if the tenor bell sounded dull someone in the parish would die within the week.

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