St John the Baptist Church - Bere Regis



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In his 'Buildings of England' series in 1972, Nikolaus Pevsner called our Church roof the "finest in Dorset". Come and see why... The magnificent nave roof of about 1485 is quite unique for this part of the country. It is generally considered to have been the gift of Cardinal Morton, which seems likely enough as the roof bears his coat of arms and other symbols associated with him, and a parish of this size would not otherwise have been able to acquire such lavish workmanship. Structurally it is supported by six trusses each consisting of a large tie beam carried on wall posts and corbel springers, and with vertical posts above with cusped and arched braces supporting the principal rafters at ridge and purlin positions. Below the tie beams there are arched braces decorated with cuspings, which spring from the corbels and meet centrally at large carved and painted pendant bosses. The spandrils are filled with vertical barred tracery and include pseudo hammer beam projections, carved into full length human figures representing the twelve apostles. Carved and painted bosses occur where the secondary rafters and purlins intersect, and there are carved and painted human heads on the wall plates midway between the trusses.
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