Sitting on the banks of the
River Thame close where it joins the mighty
Thames, the village of Dorchester has truly
ancient origins; it dates back to the Bronze Age
and later had important Roman and Saxon
associations. It was here that St Birinus first
introduced Christianity to southern England in
635AD. Although magnificent Dorchester Abbey dates
from the 12th century, it was overlaid onto an
earlier Saxon cathedral. The abbey’s 14th century
Jesse window is one of the finest in England.
Another window contains the earliest coloured
glass known in England.
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