Sherborne Abbey, Dorset Location Map
 
  The Nave, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England   Sherborne Abbey, Dorset

The Abbey Church of St Mary the Virgin was originally a Saxon Cathedral but in 1075 the bishopric of Sherborne was transferred to Old Sarum so the church became just an abbey church.

The Nave is seen here looking towards the East End with a small part of the fan-vaulted ceiling showing (see below).

 

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  The Nave ceiling, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England   Sherborne Abbey, Dorset.

The extraordinary and magnificent nave vaulting is a combination of fan-vaulting and lierne vaulting. The latter comes about because the “fans” do not touch each other at the central line of the nave, as is the case in King’s College Chapel in Cambridge.

 

 

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  The Quire, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England   Sherborne Abbey, Dorset.

In the 15th century the Quire was rebuilt in the Perpendicular style, including the fan-vaulting that Sherborne is still famous for.

The North Choir Aisle, on the left, contains two tombs, believed to be the tombs of King Æthelbald of Wessex and his brother King Ethelbert of Wessex, elder brothers to Alfred the Great

 

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  the organ and North Transept, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England   Sherborne Abbey, Dorset

The north transept, showing the organ, with its amazing ceiling. The organ was installed in 1858.

 

 

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  Partly open tomb, Sherborne Abbey, Dorset, England   Sherborne Abbey, Dorset

A partly open tomb showing some of the bones of King Æthelbald or King Æthelbert from the 9th century, inside. A little gruesome but interesting nevertheless.

 

 

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