Located on the outskirts of Dorset, you will find a charming town called Christchurch.
Full of history, heritage, shops, cafes, restaurants and it’s own large natural harbour, this beautiful town is a popular tourist destination.
Discover the history
When visiting, a look inside the Christchurch Priory is a must. Dating back to the 11th century, it is the largest parish church in the country.
The amount of detail in the interior of the church is breath-taking. Just look at the pictures below.. The Christchurch Priory is a remarkable piece of architecture!
When visiting the church, you will approach a large sign which give you a story on the miraculous beam, the story is below. What are your thoughts?
The story of the miraculous beam
‘When building began on the present site, it was noticed that a mysterious carpenter worked on the construction but was present neither at mealtimes, nor when wages were paid.
One day, a large beam cut for the roof was found to be too short and had to be lowered back to the ground. As evening was coming on, the embarrassed and worried workmen went home. Such huge timbers, cut from trees in the New Forest, were costly and scarce.
On their return next morning they were made speechless on finding that the beam has been placed in the right position and with length to spare.
The mysterious carpenter was never seen again…’
Christchurch Castle Ruins
The main attraction in Christchurch is the castle ruins. The castle was originally was built in the 11th century inside the Saxon fort whose walls were used to build the castle motte. The ruins are a result of the civil war of 1642-1651.
On the day I visited Christchurch, it was hard not to notice the amount of classic cars driving through the centre. Some absolutely pristine beautiful cars lined the Christchurch Quay, allowing you to get up close and personal. Look at these beauty’s!