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Set back from the sea in the shelter of hollows in the hillside, the village has a long history. Once dominated by a large Abbey (with its associated Tithe barn – one of the largest in England) the surrounding area was extensively cultivated. The Abbey was surrendered during the dissolution of the monasteries in the 1530's and much of its stone has been used elsewhere. Overlooking the village is St Catherine's chapel, built in the 14th century by the Abbey, it survived The Dissolution as a consequence of its importance to mariners as a navigational landmark.

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The village is seen here late in the afternoon on an early October day, the low sun bringing out the warmth in the colour of the yellow limestone used throughout. A relatively large concentration of artists and artist studios can be found in Abbotsbury – somewhat akin to Lyme Regis – this gallery reveals just some of the scenes in the village and surrounding area that regularly must provide sources of inspiration.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Set back from the sea, the village nestles in long linear hollows, sheltered from the prevailing wind (picture)
  • Parish church of St Nicholas (picture)
  • View along the main street through Abbotsbury (picture)
  • The Tithe Barn, dating from c.1400, originally was almost 250m long (picture)
  • Throughout the village fragments of ornate stonework, originally from the Abbey, can be found re-used in more recent buildings (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • From the hillock by St Catherine's chapel are fine views out across the Fleet and along Chesil beach towards the Isle of Portland (picture)
  • St Catherines chapel, seen from the churchyard of St Nicholas, medieval terracing of the hillside below (picture)
  • The main street running through the village (picture)
  • The village stores (picture)
  • Approaching sunset, the roofscape across the centre of the village (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionBride Valley

directionFleet and Langton Herring, Upwey, Weymouth

directionPuncknowle, West Bay, Bridport

More views of Dorset in October

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Abbotsbury – local information and links to further resources on the web

Maps of the area on streetmap.co.uk:   1:50,000 – detail, 1:250,000 – locality and route to get there

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The pictures of Abbotsbury in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 035
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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