Goathurst St. Edward King and Martyr

A relatively modest church with substantial 14th-century W tower. It has a remarkable series of hatchments and memorials of the families associated with nearby Halsewell House. Note the early 18th-century pulpit and inlaid tester with its flaming urns.

The rare dedication is to Edward, king of England, who was murdered in AD 979 at Corfe Castle at the command of his step-mother. Miracles were attested at his grave in Wareham and his remains were translated to the great nunnery at Shaftesbury.

ST 256 343, On minor roads signposted NW of A38, 4km from North Pertherton.

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