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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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48 HAYDON (E.b.)

(O.S. 6 in. (a)VI, S.W. (b)XII, N.W.)

Haydon is a small parish 2½ m. E.S.E. of Sherborne.


a(1) Parish Church of St. Catharine stands on the N. side of the parish. It was entirely rebuilt in 1883, to the N. of the old site. The new building incorporates a number of old features. The partly restored 13th-century E. window is of three grouped lancet-lights with a trefoiled rear-arch; in the N. wall of the nave is a 13th-century lancet window with the W. splay cut away for a staircase to the former rood-loft; in the S. wall are two partly restored 13th-century lancet-windows.

Fittings—Bell: one, dated 1669. Churchyard Cross: In old churchyard—shaft on two steps, probably mediæval, covered with ivy. Monument and Floor-slabs. Monument: In old churchyard—to Henry Grenger (?), 16 . ., table-tomb. Floor-slabs: In nave —(1) to Thomas French, vicar, 1635; (2) to Sarah his wife, 1648, broken; (3) to Thomas, their son, 1650; (4) to Samuel Thornton, vicar, 1711; (5) to William Game, 1653–4. Piscina: In chancel—quatre-foiled drain, mediæval, rest modern. Plate: includes a paten of 1715, a cup and another paten both of 1734. Seating: In nave—sixteen pews mostly with reeded and carved bench-ends, 17th-century, made up with modern work; pulpit, reading-desk and stalls incorporate similar enriched panels. Miscellanea: In chancel —slab with round piercing, date uncertain.


b(2) Cottage, on the W. side of the road 250 yards S. of the church, is of one storey with attics; the walls are of rubble and the roofs are thatched. It was built in the 17th century.