A view of St Mary’s Church and the manor of Puncknowle, Dorset from the North
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The present watercolour was traditionally said to depict the medieval church of St Peter’s, Church Knowle from the north. However, it appears in fact to depict St Mary’s Puncknowle from the north, looking towards The Knoll (on the right) and the Jurassic coast. The distant building on a hill could be West Bexington manor, although it is uncertain whether it would have been visible from this viewpoint. Although now, the church tower is set back slightly behind the north side of the church, this seems to have been the result of a late 19th century alteration, when the north aisle was added to the church in 1891, thus altering the footprint of the church slightly.
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