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Wimborne St Giles

A small scattering of houses in the north-eastern part of the county – Wimborne St.Giles is the estate village at the centre of the Shaftesbury estate (home of the Ashley Coopers). The well known memorial in London to the 7th Earl of Shaftesbury – the statue of Eros – is aligned with this village, as it is here where the 7th Earl lies buried.

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The photographs shown here were taken late-afternoon in mid-April, a long period of high pressure giving a hazy sun. Starting at the Church of St Giles (built 1732) the gallery follows a short walk around the village green, past the village school, up the eastern side of the River Allen a for short distance before finally returning back down the western side of the river.


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In the top row of pictures:

  • Church of St Giles, built 1732 (picture)
  • Detail from Almshouses adjacent to church, built c.1624 (picture)
  • View across the green from the village school (picture)
  • The temptation to play on the way home from school is too great! (picture)
  • Sunday afternoon teas, served at the village hall (picture)

In the bottom row of pictures:

  • Cottages to the north of the village hall (picture)
  • Bridge over River Allen and typical farm buildings (picture)
  • The river and view northwards up the Allen valley (picture)
  • The village inn (picture)
  • View over the meadows adjoining the River Allen, across to the village hall (picture)

Nearby locations that also feature in galleries on this site:

directionAckling Dyke (Roman road), Pentridge


directionHolt Heath, Manswood, Wimborne Minster

directionChettle, Tarrant Valley

More views of Dorset in April

Other sites on the web

The Dorset Page:   Wimborne St Giles – 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 Wimborne St Giles in this gallery were captured at high resolution.
This is images of dorset stock photography gallery 056
All photographs copyright © 1998–2003 John Allen

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