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Churches Project no 20 – St Cuthbert’s Old Church, Oborne

St Cuthberts's Old Church-3

This tiny church in Dorset was built in 1533 and has historical and religious connections with Sherborne Abbey, which lies to the west. The name Oborne derives from the Old English words, woh and burna, and means a crooked stream. Although the above photograph would suggest a tranquil rural setting, the church is actually sited alongside the A30, a fairly busy road between Yeovil and Shaftesbury.

St Cuthberts's Old Church

The rustic simplicity of the church and the lovely light appealed to me, which resulted in these two internal pictures.

St Cuthberts's Old Church-2

I am particularly drawn to the light but also to studies of one aspect of a church interior. I don’t wish to record or capture everything in the one frame, and for this reason the image above of the light coming in through the open door and illuminating the altar rail and step appeals to me.

Like so many of these small, rural churches it is no longer used for regular parish worship and is cared for by The Churches Conservation Trust.

 

4 Responses to “Churches Project no 20 – St Cuthbert’s Old Church, Oborne”

  1. Vicki

    What a delightful little church and so good to hear the Trust is caring for these old places of worship.

    It’s a great testament to the skill of the builders that these places have stood the test of time. Like you, I like the shafts of light that shine on the small interior details.

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    • alan frost

      Thank you Vicki. I agree about the craftsmanship of the builders; the fact that we can enjoy what they did centuries later is a great legacy.

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