Photographer's Note

St Peter & St Paul C Of E Church of Blandford Forum is a growing church in the heart of the Community which offers a wide variety of styles of worship.
Hundreds of years ago Blandford gained the name "forum" as the focal point for farmers and local businesses and little has changed in the years since - it is still a vibrant town, with the unmistakeable silhouette of the church of St Peter and St Paul in the central market place.
After the fire of 1731, the Georgian Parish Church of St Peter and St Paul, Blandford Forum, grew out of the ashes to become one of the finest examples of its kind in the country.
The main constructional work was carried out in a soft Wiltshire green sand stone which, in recent years, has been showing considerable evidence of flaking. This has involved enormous outlay on repair works yet, in spite of numerous appeals for funds, much still needs to be done to preserve the fabric. It is very fortunate that the quoins, window frames, pilasters and other dressings were of Ham Hill and Portland stone. The walls are capped by a cornice and parapet, the round heads of the windows tending to emphasise the scale of the building.
The Western tower is 80 feet high surmounted by the cupola which is 25 feet in height.

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Additional Photos by Leslie Bennett (williewhistler) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1247 W: 41 N: 2372] (16606)
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