St John the Evangelist ChurchDorchester
Dorset DT2 7EW
 
 
Tolpuddle’s parish church is made of flint and rubble stone with a squat, square tower. It was originally built in the 12th century and enlarged in the 13th and 14th centuries. The oldest part of the church is the arch inside the south door.
 
In 1855 the church was remodelled inside but it still contains some things worth seeing, in particular a fine 12th century carved figure. Another unusual feature is the external roofs. The older parts are roofed in slate, and the newer restoration is roofed in copper.
 
Architectural Details
A comprehensive description of the Church is at  Web:  Tolpuddle Village Church History
 
James Hammett
Most visitors come to see the grave of James Hammett, the only Tolpuddle Martyr to return to his former home.
 
Following his pardon he returned from Australia to live out the rest of his days working as a builder’s labourer. The grave is in the west corner of the churchyard and is marked by a memorial stone erected in 1934.
 
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Contact & Further Information
 
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