This week’s post highlights the history of one of Sherborne’s founding figures. You may have noticed a small figure in a niche above the entrance to Sherborne Abbey, he also appears on the Digby Memorial playing a harp, but have you ever wondered who it is? The first mention of Sheborne and St Aldhelm is in … Continue reading Sherborne In Detail: St Aldhelm
Join Cindy on Easter Monday, 17th April, for a stroll in Raleigh’s footsteps from the Abbey to Castleton and back. What better way to walk off all those chocolate eggs and Easter indulgences than taking a guided walk through historic Sherborne with Blue Badge Guide Cindy? If you missed out on the Walking with Walter special … Continue reading Easter Special Guided Walk!
Every town has its notable quirks and features that it has accumulated over its lifetime; this week’s post highlights St Emerenciana’s Chapel another of the lesser known & unappreciated buildings in Sherborne. The remains of the chapel of the Virgin Martyr St. Emerenciana form part of a small Grade II* listed building in Coombe Lane on the … Continue reading Sherborne In Detail: St Emerenciana’s Chapel
You are Sherborne’s “Adopted” Son, Sherborne’s “Golden Boy”. Your home here was “fortune’s fold”. You are so entwined with Sherborne. Sherborne is so entwined with you. Walter Raleigh was born in 1553 or thereabouts; the youngest son of a Devon farmer. He has been documented as: A brave and noble soldier and sailor. A brilliant … Continue reading Walter Raleigh and Castleton
Join Cindy on Sunday 12th February for a stroll in Raleigh’s footsteps from the Abbey to Castleton and back. Just in time for Valentines day come and hear about a man who wooed a Queen, then risked everything by marrying another woman in secret. Sherborne’s adopted son Sir Walter Raleigh knew a thing or two about … Continue reading Walking With Walter – February Special Guided Walk
Every town has its notable quirks and features that it has accumulated over its lifetime; this week’s post highlights The Fascinating Story of the Silk Industry in Sherborne. The story of silk weaving here in Sherborne goes back a very long way. Hutchins (History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset) mentions a silk thrower … Continue reading Sherborne In Detail: The Fascinating Story of the Silk Industry in Sherborne
For one thousand three hundred and eleven years Christmas has been celebrated here in Sherborne. Ever since St. Aldhelm arrived in 705 and built his Sherborne Cathedral, -as it was known until 1075 when St. Wulfsin began the Benedictine monastery, since when it has always been the Abbey,- the town has seen Christmas services and … Continue reading Christmas and its traditions in Sherborne