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St Mary & St Michael: Doddington

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Dod Well by the roadside in the village has a cross of Calvary and basin which was erected by the Earl of Tankerville in 1846. The Church dedicated to both St. Mary and St. Michael is a rare combination. This 12th century building has stood more or less on the site of the present nave and baptistry. Over the years of restoration until the late 19th century, various areas of the church’s architecture has been altered i.e. the choir became the baptistery and the baptistery the choir which makes Doddington distinctive among Anglican churches.

Among the points of interest to view is a monument to Horace St. Paul in the sanctuary. He was created Count of the Holy Roman Empire by Emperor Francis 1st for diplomatic services. The Norman font which was broken in 1640 was replaced in 1723 and shows the original base with a new top portion in situ. Two early grave steles are incorporated into the porch walls representing a man (which may be a knight) and a woman. In the southeast corner of the churchyard is a watch house built in 1826 when fears of body snatchers in the area provoked the concern of villagers in Doddington and the surrounding areas. The bastle which is less of a pele tower and more of a fortified dwelling house was built in 1584 and was one of the last defensive border towers to be erected.

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Doddington

St Mary & St Michael

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11th Century


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