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An Inventory of the Historical Monuments in Dorset, Volume 1, West. Originally published by Her Majesty's Stationery Office, London, 1952.

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45 GOATHILL (E.a.)

(O.S. 6 in. VI, S.W.)

Goathill is a small parish 2½ m. E. of Sherborne.


(1) Parish Church of St. Peter stands on the E. side of the parish. With the possible exception of much of the N. wall of the nave the church seems to have been largely rebuilt perhaps in 1804, the date on the W. gable; the chancel was restored in 1873 and the nave was re-roofed in 1878. The church has no ancient features except a late 13th-century window, in the N. wall of the nave, of one trefoiled light with a label.

Fittings—Communion Table: with turned legs and plain rails, 17th-century, top modern. Font: tapering cylindrical bowl with rounded band and chamfered base, 12th-century. Glass: In E. window—four roundels (a) a triple crown; (b) a lily-pot with the initials W.I. and S.I., both 16th-century; (c) and (d) fragments made up into shields, 17th-century. Piscina: In chancel—recess with trefoiled head and semi-circular drain, 14th-century. Plate: includes a cup of 1642 with a band of engraved ornament round the bowl, given by John Molins, 1711, and a cover-paten probably of the 17th-century.


(2) Goathill Farm, house 60 yards S.W. of the church, is of two storeys; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are tiled. It was built probably early in the 17th century and retains some original two-light stone windows, two with moulded labels.